Program delivery update – March 6, 2017

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

International Mobility Program: Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (Work Permit stream – exemption code C18)


The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is a suite of three federal programs established by Ministerial Instructions, effective March 6, 2017 for skilled immigrants and international student graduates who want to settle permanently in an Atlantic province.

Employers who have an urgent need for the foreign national to begin work prior to the foreign national submitting an application for permanent residence may provide an offer of employment under exemption code C18. To be eligible for a temporary work permit, foreign nationals will need

  • a valid job offer
  • a referral letter from a province, and
  • a commitment to apply for permanent residence within 90 days of submitting the temporary work permit application.

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