FAQ About The Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) was created to assist foreign nationals coming to Canada’s four Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

This is so that the provinces in the region can meet Atlantic Canada’s labor market needs and growing demographic challenges.

The AIP aims to address the skills gaps in the Atlantic region, support businesses, and attract talent from around the world. This is a good option if you are seeking permanent residency in Canada. Here are some frequently asked questions about the program

Is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program easy?

Compared to provincial nomination programs, the AIPP is a much easier program in terms of eligibility requirements.

The main requirement is that you receive a job offer from an eligible employer in one of the four provinces. Once you receive a job offer, you just need to meet the other requirements. After that, applying for Permanent Residence (PR) should be a simple matter.

How long will the AIPP run for?

Good news: The pilot program is no longer temporary! The Atlantic Immigration Pilot began on March 6, 2017, as a temporary pilot program and became a permanent program on January 1, 2022. The pilot program has proven to be so good at helping foreign nationals fill labor market gaps that the government has decided to keep it in place forever.

Is IELTS required for the AIPP?

Yes, IELTS is required for the AIPP.

What is IELTS, you ask? The English Language Proficiency Test (IELTS) was developed to provide an accurate and fair assessment of the English language.

The test questions were designed and developed by language specialists from countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The test consists of four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

Can I change employers on the AIPP?

An applicant who has applied to take the AIPP for permanent residence in Canada and whose situation changes, for example, because he or she wants to change employers, family composition, or address, must immediately notify Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in writing using the web form on the government’s website.

Learn how to change employers within the AIPP here:

Inform the province that you are changing employers.
Ask the province to amend the certificate to show the current employer and the date of the change.
Request a letter of support showing that the province supports the new position.

Ask the province to amend your original certification to show the new employer and date of employment
Ask the province for a new letter of support for another work permit
Inform IRCC of the change in your employment and attach the new certificate and the current letter of support from the province where the new job will be held.

Apply for a new work permit with your new AIPP employer.
Please note: Changing employers or moving to another province within the AIPP could hinder your chances of obtaining permanent residency.

How much are the AIPP fees?

AIPP Cost
Fee Price
Your application $1,325.00
Your application (without right of permanent residence fee) $825.00
Include your spouse or partner $1,325.00
Include your spouse or partner (without right of permanent residence fee) $825.00
Include a dependent child $225.00 (per child)
Biometrics – per person $85.00
Biometrics – per family (2 or more people) $170.00
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