Atlantic Immigration Program

The Atlantic Immigration Program was initiated as a pilot program in 2017 and is now a permanent program starting from the beginning of 2022. The AIP is responsible for welcoming over 6,000 newcomers to the Atlantic provinces each year.


To participate in the Atlantic Immigration Program, employers must first be approved by being designated. After that, the employer’s positions have to be endorsed by the Province. Once the positions are endorsed, foreign workers identified by the employer can apply directly to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada for permanent residency. The foreign worker can also obtain a temporary work permit while waiting for permanent residency.

To be able to apply under the AIP, you must:

  • Intend settling in Atlantic Canada,
  • Have recently completed graduation from a recognized post-secondary institution in
  • Atlantic Canada, or
    Be a skilled worker.

Candidate requirements

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has two programs for skilled workers:

  • Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)
  • Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)

and one program for international student graduates:

  • Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

The work experience, education, and job offer required will depend on whether the individual is applying as a worker or as an international student graduate. The other requirements are the same for both.

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