Canada’s Atlantic Provinces Open the Door for Skilled Workers under AIPP

Canada’s Atlantic Provinces Open the Door for Skilled Workers under AIPP

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), will open the door this year (2018) for more immigrants and their families. The designated employers in the four Atlantic Provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador have declared their interest to recruit more skilled foreign workers to promote their businesses in the Atlantic area and fill the gap in labour force.

Ahmed Hussen- Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship – said that the number of employers designated under the umbrella of AIPP has doubled from 2017 to 2018 to reach 1000 employers. Consequently, the number of issued job offers increased from 250 to 2000 job offers to eligible foreign international university graduates and experienced workers in one year.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 900 applications were received for permanent residence through AIPP since its inauguration in 2017. AIPP admissions targets are set at 1000 for 2018, 2000 for 2019 and 4000 for 2020.

The designated employers under AIPP do not need obtaining Labour Market Impact Assessment to recruit foreign labour, but they need to meet certain requirements, including a commitment to support the new comers, while they integrate into their new life. At the same time, eligible foreign workers must fulfill the following requirements;

  • Have a full-time job offer from a designated employer
  • Have 1-year full-time paid work experience (or part-time equivalent) in type O occupation designated skill, or skill level A or B under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  • A letter from the province they are applying for.
  • A commitment to apply for permanent residence within 90 days of the temporary work permit application.

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