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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program: Employer Designation


Employers in Atlantic Canada who wish to hire foreign talent through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) must first receive employer designation.

The AIPP is an immigration pilot program, introduced in 2017 for a three-year period. It allows eligible skilled workers,

There is no Labour Market Impact Assessment process under the AIPP.

However, employers must still follow a few steps in order to hire through this program. Under the AIPP, employers also work with settlement service provider organizations in their province. This will help newcomers settle and integrate in Canada. The employer designation process and settlement service provider organizations are different for each province:

Nova Scotia AIPP employer requirements

Employers in Nova Scotia looking to fill persistent labour gaps through the AIPP must first be approved for eligibility by being designated and then endorsed by the province.

To become designated, an employer must:

1) Have a business operating in good standing; 2) Provide information on labour needs; and 3) Commit to working with a service provider organization on settlement and retention

To become endorsed, an employer must:

1) Demonstrate efforts to hire locally have not been successful; 2) Recruit a foreign worker ; 3) Provide a valid, full-time, non-seasonal job offer co-signed with the foreign worker; and 4) Provide an individualized settlement plan co-signed with the foreign worker.

New Brunswick AIPP employer requirements

Employers in New Brunswick interested in participating in the AIPP must meet the following designation criteria: 1)The employer wants to hire full-time, non-seasonal international candidates; 2)The employer and their business are well-established and in good standing; and 3)The employer is committed to meet the settlement needs of international candidate(s) and accompanying family members.

Prince Edward Island AIPP employer requirements

Employers in PEI interested in participating in the AIPP must meet the following designation criteria.

The employer must:

1) Want to hire full-time, non-seasonal international candidates; 2) Be in good standing with provincial and federal standards and legislation; 3) Demonstrate preparedness to receive and meet the settlement needs of international candidate(s) and accompanying family members, and agree to do so; and 4) Understand and agree to the reporting requirements for the program.

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