Immigrate through the Atlantic Immigration Program

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The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) is a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates who want to work and live in 1 of Canada’s 4 Atlantic provinces.

This is an employer-driven program designed to help employers in Atlantic Canada hire qualified candidates for jobs they have been unable to fill locally. You must receive a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada to participate in the program.

To immigrate to Atlantic Canada through this program, you must be either

  • a recent graduate of a recognized post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada, or
  • a skilled worker

You can be living abroad or already be in Canada as a temporary resident.

Step-by-step guide for AIP candidates

There are a few steps to take to immigrate to Canada through the AIP. Review the infographic below for an overview of how this program works.

Application process at a glance

AIP guide for candidates (PDF, 271 KB)

A step by step guide for AIP candidates step-by-step guide
Text version: A step-by-step guide for AIP candidates


  1. A designated AIP employer offers you a job.
  2. You will be connected with settlement services to get a settlement plan.
  3. Send your settlement plan to your designated employer, they will send an application for endorsement to the department.
  4. You will receive a provincial endorsement certificate.
  5. You may receive a work permit support letter (if a work permit is required).

Immigration Application

  1. Submit your permanent residence (PR) application, endorsement certificate, and other documents to IRCC.
  2. IRCC reviews and processes your PR application.
  3. Apply for a work permit while your permanent resident application is being processed (if required).
  4. If approved, you can travel to Atlantic Canada to live and work.
  5. Get support from your employer and a settlement service provider, as needed.

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