Provincial and Federal political leaders in Canada met in Newfoundland and stated that the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is working.
The program was opened to receive applications in the month of March and more than 200 candidates have been endorsed till now to apply for permanent residency of Canada.
Along with this, more than 400 employers have been given the designated status in the region, which gives them the permission to recruit through the AIPP.
These numbers have come out after a meeting that took place in Steady Brook, Newfoundland. At the event new initiatives were also discussed by the officials to drive tourism in Atlantic Canada.
About the AIPP
As per reports from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 2,000 new immigrants will be taken through this program, along with their family members. This trend will continue for a period of three years.
The AIPP is the result of a collaboration between the province of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and the federal government. The program has been divided into three streams:
- The Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)
- The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)
- The Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)
This is an employer driven program and in order for a candidate to become eligible, a job offer is required to be obtained from a designated employer. The responsibility of designating employers is that of individual province.
Employers are not required to have a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before hiring candidates through the AIPP. This program has one more unique feature, and that is, employers also make the promise to provide assistance with the settlement process and commit to connect with candidates with a settlement service provider organization.
IRCC describes this new style of settling down new immigrants in Canada as “an innovative first” in the immigration policy of Canada. It is been viewed that the settlement of newcomers will be accelerated through this requirement. Moreover, the retention rates to Atlantic provinces will also improve.