Through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) program, the federal government, together with the governments of (i) Nova Scotia, (ii) New Brunswick, (iii) Newfoundland and Labrador, and (iv) Prince Edward Island, aim to welcome eligible skilled workers, intermediate level workers, and international graduates and their families to the Atlantic region of Eastern Canada as permanent residents of Canada.
The pilot program has been established to help address resource gaps that Atlantic sectors are facing, and to help businesses attract and retain global talent. The program will also support population growth, help to develop a skilled workforce, and increase employment rates in the region. 
In March 1st, 2019, the AIP program, due to its success, has been extended for an additional period of two years, until December 2021, and IRCC intends to make the pilot a permanent program beyond 2021.

​The specific allocations for the Atlantic Immigration Program, according to the immigration targets disclosed on October 30th, 2020 are a 6,000 newcomers for 2021, 6,250 for 2022, and 6,500 for 2023.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has three categories, two for skilled workers, and one for international graduates:
  • Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)
  • Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)
  • Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)​

With this immigration pilot program, employers that are designated by the Atlantic provinces will not need an LMIA to hire an eligible foreign worker under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.

Each category has its own eligibility requirements.



Atlantic High-Skilled Program

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

Atlantic International Graduate Program

Work Experience

Min 1 year (1,560h total), full-time or part-time, continuous or non-continuous with different employers, in the same NOC as the job offer and paid

Not needed to be eligible

Experience in NOC Skill Type/Level 0, A or B

Experience in NOC Skill Level C

Job Offer

Full-time, non-seasonal

Min 1-year contract


Min 1-year contract

NOC Skill Type/Level 0, A, or B

NOC Skill Type/Level 0, A, B or C


Min high school level. Canadian diploma or Educational Credential Assessment necessary

Min 2-year Canadian credential from a publicly-funded institution in one of the four Atlantic provinces. AIP application must be within 24 months of graduation


Min CLB4 in French or English

Proof of funds

Prove enough capital to help with settling in and provide for family


For your work experience and job offer, you can learn how to find your NOC and it’s Skill Type/Level here.

For education, you can learn more about how to request an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) here. For the Atlantic International Graduate Program, you can find the list of eligible institutions here.

​For more information on Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and which language tests you are allowed to take, check this page.

​For proof of funds, the funds required depend on the number of family members (including any dependents that will not immigrate with you). The funds must be yours and must not be borrowed.

Employer designations for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot are managed individually by each province. Visit their websites for more information: 

You can find here a step-by-step guide on how to become designated by a province and hire a foreign worker.

After getting your job offer, you will have to create a settlement plan. You will get help from a settlement service provider to do this. There is no charge from these organizations.

When choosing a settlement service provider, it has to be based in the region your job offer states you have to work at.

When this is done and the province where you will be working endorses your job offer (your employer will take care of this task), you will need to submit an application for Permanent Residence. Click on the program you are applying through to get the application package:

The application processing fee is $825 and the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) is $500, making a total of $1,325 for a single applicant.

If you include a spouse/partner, you will have to pay the same fees twice, a total of $1,325, which makes it a total of $2,650 for a couple.

If you include a dependent child, you have to add $225 for each child. 

Biometrics fees ($85 for one person, or maximum $170 for a family of more than two) will probably be added to your total.

As of time of writing, an Atlantic Immigration Pilot application is processed within 6 months.

​You can find out the processing times here. You need to select “Economic Class”, then “Atlantic Immigration Pilot”.