The Atlantic provinces of Canada venture that involves the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labradorhave come together with the federal government to launch an exciting new employer-driven immigration program, which is likely to attract the attention of potential immigrants.
This program will facilitate the entry of 2,000 principal immigrants into Atlantic Canada in 2017. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is scheduled to begin receiving applications for permanent residence through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)in March, 2017.
The three-year pilot program aims to address resource gaps that certain sectors are facing, and to help businesses attract and retain global talent.To expedite the process, it is stated that a Labour Market Impact Assessment — a document obtained by an employer to prove that no Canadian citizen or permanent resident was able or willing to fill the position — is not required in order to extend an offer of employment to a skilled worker from overseas.
The program includes two sub-programs for skilled workers:
- Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)
Targets candidates with a qualifying job offer for a one-year contract for full-time employment in a position at level 0, A, or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC);
- Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)
Targets candidates with a qualifying job offer of indeterminate duration for full-time employment in a position at level 0, A, B, or C of the NOC;
and one sub-program for international graduates:
- Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)
Targeting international graduates of post-secondary study programs of at least two years’ duration, undertaken at a publicly-funded institution in the Atlantic region. Such graduates are also required to have a qualifying job offer.
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