Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs (AIPP): Application process and who can apply

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs (AIPP) closed on December 31, 2021 with the expiration of the pilot bilateral agreements. The Ministerial Instructions will expire on March 5, 2022. These grant IRCC the authority to continue accepting pilot applications until March 5, 2022 (processing may continue beyond this date, as long as the complete applications were received by March 5, 2022). Any pilot applications received as of March 6, 2022, should be rejected by CIO.

IRCC will start accepting PR applications under the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) as of March 6, 2022.

Who can apply

Those eligible to apply are foreign nationals who have the ability to become economically established in Atlantic Canada, intend to reside in a province in the Atlantic region, and meet all of the following pass or fail criteria:

Submitting an application

All applications for permanent residence under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot programs must be submitted online or on paper to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) – Sydney.

Eligibility for processing

A maximum of 2000 complete applications, under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program, will be processed in 2017 as authorized by Ministerial Instructions. Applications must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in R10 and in the application kit to be considered complete and eligible for processing.

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