Atlantic Immigration

12 NOCs To Become Ineligible For Atlantic Immigration (AIP)!

10 NOCs To Become Ineligible For Atlantic Immigration (AIP): The upcoming changes in the new NOC system have led many occupations to become eligible and ineligible. Additionally, as a result of the changes in the NOC system, eligible occupations within the Atlantic Immigration Pathway were also impacted. 

What is Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)?

The AIP provides opportunities for permanent residency to international students and skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador. It is an employer-driven program that helps new talent immigrate to one of the four provinces. 

How will occupation be impacted?

The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) is currently open to occupations at Skill Level C or above with the NOC 2016. With the transition from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021, the program will be available to TEER 4 or above occupations. As a result, the occupations listed below will become ineligible:

  • Pet groomers and animal care workers
  • Other support occupations in personal services
  • Longshore workers
  • Material handlers
  • Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
  • Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors
  • Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations
  • Livestock labourers
  • Nursery and greenhouse labourers
  • Trappers and hunters
  • Food and beverage servers
  • Labourers in textile processing and cutting


New NOCs: The TEER System 

The new NOC 2021 will become effective in November 2022. The goal of implementing the new TEER system is to distinguish the education and experience required to work in an occupation. While it has resulted in certain occupations becoming ineligible, the following occupation became eligible under Express Entry: 

  • Payroll administrators;
  • Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants;
  • Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates;
  • Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants;
  • Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants;
  • Sheriffs and bailiffs;
  • Correctional service officers;
  • By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers;
  • Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations;
  • Residential and commercial installers and servicers;
  • Pest controllers and fumigators;
  • Other repairers and servicers;
  • Transport truck drivers;
  • Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators;
  • Heavy equipment operators; and
  • Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors.

Further options for temporary residents are expected to open around September 2022. The Immigration Minister Sean Fraser may soon share details on the pathways for international students and temporary foreign workers in accordance with motion 44.


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