07 Jun 2020

Sonia on Sundays: The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Sonia Krajewska is the ANC’s Community Settlement and Integration Counsellor (Permanent Residents).

There is a lot of interest in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program among newcomers to Canada.

If you are looking for more information about how the program works have a look at those frequently asked questions below.  This might be helpful for you in order to gain more understanding about how things work with the AIP. (Note: For the most up to date information about AIP you can visit the official government website.)

What is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program?
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program was developed to address labour shortages in Canadian Atlantic provinces. As of right now AIP is the fastest route to receive Permanent Residency in Atlantic Canada.

When did the AIP start, and which parts of Canada are using it?
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program was launched in 2017 and in March of 2019 the program was extended for another 2 years. It is currently successfully used in all four Atlantic provinces (Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island).

AIP is employer driven – what does that mean?
AIP is an employer-driven program designed to help employers in Atlantic Canada hire qualified candidates for jobs they have been unable to fill locally. This means that interested candidates can apply to receive residency in Canada only after receiving an offer of employment from Designated Employer in Atlantic province.

I am employed in NL, but my employer is not designated under the AIP. What can I do?
Your employer needs to be a Designated Employer under the AIP for you to be able to receive a Permanent Residency via this program. If your employer is not designated, the best solution is for you to speak to your Human Resources Manager and explain the situation. They can put the application to become a Designated Employer. If they need more information about how to get designated, we can help. Zack Noel, the ANC’s AIP Officer, will be able to meet with your HR representatives and walk them through the process. Zack’s email is

I am not employed and looking to find a Designated Employer who is willing to hire me. Where to start?
The easiest way to find a Designated Employer is to have a look at the full list of Designated Employers in our province. Fortunately it is available online here.
At the time of writing this article there are over 300 Designated Employers in our province. Those are employers who are willing to assist their employees with Permanent Residency application via AIP in order to fill jobs they are unable to fill locally.

My employer is designated under the AIP. What is the next step?
There are a few steps to the process under AIP. If you are already employed by a company which is designated, that is great! Next step for you would be to obtain a Settlement Plan for yourself (Zack Noel at the ANC will help you. Email him at After obtaining your Settlement Plan, your employer  (most likely someone in the HR department) must submit your endorsement application. All needed documents will be found on the Provincial Government Website

What happens after my Endorsement Application is submitted?
Now you have to wait for the province to process it. The processing times vary, but if your Endorsement Application is accepted successfully, you will then be able to apply for your Permanent Residency.

I received a successful Endorsement from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. What is next in the process?
Endorsement means that the Province gives you thumbs up. They would like to see you become a Permanent Resident in NL. Now you have to prepare your Permanent Residency application. All needed documents, forms and checklists can be found at the government website. The ANC can also assist you with finding those resources.

I submitted my Permanent Residency Application. How long do I have to wait to get my PR?
Processing times often change. It depends on many factors and one of them could be if your submitted application was complete or do you need to send some more documents. The average time to process PR application under AIP is 6 months. Yes, we know! It’s very quick! But remember that it is crucial to submit all required forms and documents in order to avoid any delays.

What supports can I avail from the Association for New Canadians in regards to AIP program?
The Association for New Canadians works to support the long-term needs of endorsed employees and their families under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) program by providing:
• Information and orientations about life in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the local community
• Needs assessments and referral services
• Assistance in completing applications for mandatory Provincial and Federal Programs (such as MCP, SIN, etc.)
• Assistance in enrolling your children in school
• Access to English as a Second Language Training (e.g. on-site, distance, outreach, etc.)
• Employment and career services for your family members
• Access to social and volunteer opportunities in your community
• Access to health supports (e.g. locating a pharmacist, family physician, etc.)
• Assistance in completing Permanent Residence (PR) applications
• Training in Canadian workplace norms

Contact Sophia Solomon if you are a Foreign National, International Student, Temporary Resident living in St. John’s area –

Contact Sonia Krajewska if you are a Permanent Resident in St. John’s area –

If you are based in other parts of Newfoundland & Labrador contact our respective representatives:
• Settlement Coordinator, Grand Falls-Windsor,
• Ken Walsh, Senior Settlement Coordinator, Corner Brook,
• Stefanie Fowler, Settlement Coordinator, Forteau,
• Nicky Sykes, Settlement Coordinator, Happy Valley-Goose Bay,
• Bill Soper, Settlement Coordinator, Labrador City,