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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Replaced By Permanent Program In 2022!

Last Updated On 6 March 2023, 1:15 PM EST (Toronto Time)

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has been transitioned to new Atlantic Immigration Program w.e.f. March 6, 2022. Existing Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) was closed on December 31, 2021.

However, applicants having a valid provincial certificate of endorsement were able to apply for permanent residence under until March 5, 2022.

On December 17, 2022 Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser announced Permanent Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) starting from January 1, 2022.

This program was initially launched as a pilot program in 2017. Over 90% of the applicants chose to continue staying in the Atlantic Canada after 1 year of getting PR.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) was a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates who want to work and live in one of Canada’s 4 Atlantic Provinces namely Newfoundland and Labarador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.

New Atlantic Immigration Program will continue to focus on 3 features a focus on employers, enhanced settlement support, and a collaborative approach across all Atlantic Provinces.

This program will aim at welcoming 6,000 permanent residents annually in the Atlantic Provinces.

Decision was based on the success of program so far, as Atlantic Immigration Pilot has brought and retained thousands of newcomers to the region.

The official press release in March 2022 stated that these new Canadians have helped communities thrive, businesses prosper and the region’s population grow.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot has brought over 10,000 new permanent residents to Atlantic Provinces of Canada with 9,800 job offers from participating employers.

These job offers were in key sectors, including health care, accommodations, food services and manufacturing.

Atlantic Provinces recorded highest population growth in 2018–2019 since the 1970s. AIPP is considered to be the major contributor in this record population growth.

“Over the past few years, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot has made an incredible difference in communities across our region. It has brought us the resource we need most: more people. They’re skilled, they’re young and they’re staying. Now, we’re doubling down on what works by making it permanent. So, we can continue attracting the best and brightest to our region and build a vibrant, prosperous future for Atlantic Canada.”

Sean Fraser (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship) dated Dec 17, 2021

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