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Understanding the AIPP Program: How to Determine Your Eligibility

Work Experience

In the last 3 years, you must have worked at least 1,560 hours.

Here is how to calculate your hours:

·        Count hours worked in part-time and full-time jobs

·        The hours must be in one occupation, but they can be with different employers

·        You must have been paid for these hours. Volunteering or unpaid internships don’t count.

·        Don’t count hours when you were self-employed.

·        These working hours can be inside or outside Canada.

·        The hours must have been accumulated over a period of at least 12 months.

Any periods of self-employment will not be included when calculating the period of qualifying work experience.

You can use your work experience to qualify for the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program in 2 different ways.


You have work experience at National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level C.

NOC skill level C is a type of job that usually requires a secondary (high school) education and/or job-specific training, such as:

·        industrial butchers

·        long-haul truck drivers

·        food and beverage servers


You have work experience as one of the following:

·        as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC skill level A 3012)

·        As a licensed practical nurse (NOC skill level B 3233)

You also have one of the following job offers:

·        a nurse’s aide, orderly, or patient services associate (NOC skill level C 3413)

·        a home support worker (NOC skill level C 4412)


You must have one of the following:

·        a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree from a recognized institution

·        a foreign degree, diploma, or certificate equal to a Canadian credential. You need an educational credential assessment (ECA) report from a recognized organization to show your credential is valid and equal to a Canadian credential. If you already have an ECA report, it must be less than 5 years old.

Language Testing

You must take one of the language tests. It will show you can communicate well in English or French to live and work in Canada.

Learn about language testing for the AIP. If you have taken an approved test, you can send those results if they:

·        are less than 2 years old

·        show you meet the level the program requires

Proof of Funds

When you get to Canada, you need to have enough money to support yourself and your family. The amount you need depends on the size of your family. The size of your family also includes anyone you support who isn’t immigrating with you.

Learn how much money you should have when you arrive in Canada.

If you’re already living and working in Canada with a valid work permit, you don’t need to show proof.

Get a job offer

You must have a job offer that meets all of these requirements:

·        The job offer was made using the Offer of Employment to a Foreign National

·        The employer has been designated as an employer taking part in the AIP by the Atlantic province where you’ll be working (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island). They must have a Confirmation of Designation from the province.

·        The job must be full-time, meaning you’ll work at least 30 paid hours per week.

·        The job must be non-seasonal. In general, this means you have consistent and regularly scheduled paid employment throughout the year.

·        The job is skill type/level 0, A, B, or C under the NOC.

·        Your employment is permanent, that is, there is no set end date.

You must meet employment requirements for the job you are offered. You can find these requirements in the NOC. The job doesn’t need to be in the same NOC as other jobs you’ve had.

If you meet all these requirements, you are ready to file your application.


Question: What are the AIPP Program eligibility criteria?

Answer: To be eligible for the AIPP Program, applicants must have a valid job offer, language proficiency, a minimum level of education, and fulfil other specific requirements set by the program.

Question: Can international students apply for the AIPP Program?

Answer: Yes, international students can apply for the AIPP Program if they meet the eligibility criteria and have a valid job offer from an employer designated by one of the AIPP provinces.

Question: Is work experience necessary for the AIPP Program?

Answer: Yes, applicants must have relevant work experience to be eligible for the AIPP Program. The amount of required work experience varies based on the specific stream under which they are applying.

Question: Can applicants choose any province under the AIPP Program?

Answer: No, applicants can only apply to the Atlantic Provinces participating in the AIPP Program, which includes Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Question: Are there any language proficiency requirements for the AIPP Program?

Answer: Yes, applicants must demonstrate language proficiency in English or French by providing valid test scores from recognized language tests such as IELTS or CELPIP for English, and TEF or TCF for French.

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