Canada – Newfoundland and Labrador Agreement on the Atlantic Immigration Pilot

In March 2017, the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador signed the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Agreement on the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), establishing a three-year program that will run until December 31, 2019. Under the AIPP, Newfoundland and Labrador manages an annual allocation of up to 442 individuals (principal applicants) who could transition to permanent residency (from a total of 2,000 allocations for all Atlantic provinces).

The AIPP strengthens Newfoundland and Labrador’s ability to attract and retain a skilled workforce by using an innovative approach to immigrant selection. This approach involves closer coordination between governments, employers, communities, and settlement agencies to improve the retention of immigrants.

Under the agreement, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador can designate employers to participate in the AIPP, and endorse eligible applicants who have a job offer from a designated employer. Once designated, employers are more easily able to secure qualified immigrants from around the globe.

Employers must be in operation in Newfoundland and Labrador for at least two years to qualify for the AIPP. Also, they must show proof that they have been unable to hire qualified individuals from the local labour market. The Government of Canada sets policy direction under the AIPP, and makes the final selection on which individuals are admitted. The federal government also monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of the program.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIPP) is a three-year employer driven immigration program aimed at addressing skills gaps and labour market needs in the four Atlantic Provinces by assisting employers in attracting and retaining skilled immigrants.

In early March 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada began accepting permanent resident applications targeting international students, intermediate-skilled workers and high-skilled workers.

Newfoundland and Labrador is working closely with the other Atlantic Provinces and the Federal Government to ensure the successful development and delivery of the AIPP. The Pilot will facilitate the entry of an additional 2,000 principal applicants and their family members annually into Atlantic Canada from 2017 to 2019, of which up to 442 applications have been allocated to Newfoundland and Labrador.

To participate, employers must meet certain requirements, including a commitment to support the newcomer and their family as they integrate into their new life in Atlantic Canada.

AIPP Forms and Application Guides

Hiring international workers through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is a three-step process. The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism encourages interested employers to read the Guidelines for Designation and Endorsement prior to completing the designation application, to ensure the program fits employers’ needs.

Step 1: Designation

Step 2: Endorsement

Step 3: Settlement Support

Webinars on Immigration Programs for Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Interested in Addressing Labour Shortages Through Immigration

For more information please contact our office:

Newfoundland and Labrador-Atlantic Immigration Pilot
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism
Confederation Building, West Block
P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6

Telephone: 1-709-729-6607