PNP Pilot Programs
ATLANTIC IMMIGRATION PILOT PROGRAM (AIPP)
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a fast-track immigration program that allows employers in Canada's four Atlantic provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island — to hire foreign nationals for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is an employer-driven program that facilitates the hiring of foreign workers. All principal applicants arriving in Canada under the pilot program must have a job offer from a designated employer and an individualized settlement plan for themselves and their family.
Once a designated employer finds a candidate who meets their employment needs and the program criteria, that employer will need to first offer them a job. Employers do not need to go through the process of obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under this program.
Once the candidate has accepted the job, the employer will connect the candidate with a designated settlement service provider organization for a needs assessment and to develop a settlement plan. Employers will also support the long-term integration of the new immigrant and his or her family, if applicable, so they can reach the goals of their settlement plan once they arrive in Canada.
Employers that need to fill a job vacancy quickly will have access to a temporary work permit, so that the candidate and his or her family can come to Canada as soon as possible. In order to obtain this work permit, candidates will need:
- a valid job offer;
- a letter from the province; and
- a commitment to apply for permanent residence within 90 days of the temporary work permit application.
RURAL AND NORTHERN IMMIGRATION PILOT PROGRAM
Through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, the Government of Canada works with small and remote communities in Ontario, Western Canada and the three territories to attract and retain foreign workers.
Eligibility Requirements for candidates
In order to be considered for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIP), potential candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Have a recommendation from one of the designated communities
- Have one year of continuous work experience in the past three years (a minimum of 1,560 hours)
have graduated from a publicly funded post-secondary institution in the recommending community
- Have a genuine job offer to work in one of the designated communities
- Meet the language threshold for the NOC skill type/level of the job being offered
- Have sufficient funds to settle and support themselves and their family in the community
- Have an intention to live in the community
A community recommendation is based on the candidate’s:
- intention to live in the designated community
- job offer and the community’s economic needs
- work experience and skills
- ties to the community
Recommendations are made by a designated community economic development organization.
Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot
You may be able to apply for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot program if you:
- meet the eligibility requirements, and
- have a job offer to work in one of these occupations
Through these pilots, you’ll get an open work permit to come to Canada and work temporarily. This work permit:
- is occupation-restricted (so you have to work in that specific occupation)
- doesn’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
- Get the work experience you need to be eligible for permanent residence
If you recently worked as a home child care provider or support worker, your experience may count towards your eligibility for permanent residence.