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Canada Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)

Permanent Residence

About the pilot


The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates who want to work and live in one of Canada’s 4 Atlantic Provinces:

New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Prince Edward Island

Nova Scotia

This is an employer-driven program designed to help employers in Atlantic Canada hire qualified candidates for jobs they have been unable to fill locally.

To immigrate to Atlantic Canada through the pilot, you must be a recent graduate of a publicly funded institution in Atlantic Canada or a skilled worker who meets the program requirements.

You can be living abroad or already be in Canada temporarily.

You must receive a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada to participate in the pilot.

If you receive a job offer from an employer:

  • ask for a copy of the employer’s Confirmation of Designation, or

  • tell them about the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and ask them to consider becoming designated, if they aren’t already


Work experience

  • You need 1 year of continuous work experience (at least 1,560 hours) in the past 3 years.

  • To calculate your hours of work experience

  • count the hours worked in part-time and full-time jobs

  • The hours must be in 1 occupation, but they can be with different employers.

  • The hours must be over a period of at least 12 months.

  • These working hours can be inside or outside Canada.

  • If you worked in Canada, you must have been allowed to work in Canada.

  • don’t count hours you weren’t paid for (volunteering or unpaid internships don’t count)

  • don’t count hours when you were self-employed

  • Your work experience must include

  • most of the main duties and all the essential duties listed in your National Occupational Classification (NOC)

  • the activities listed in the lead statement of your NOC

  • You can see which duties are involved by searching your job title on the NOC web page.

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