Miramichi An Example of How Small Communities Can Use Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The small New Brunswick city of Miramichi is being held up as an example of the success of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

New immigrants to the community with a population of under 18,000 have risen by 700 percent in two years.

More than 120 newcomers arrived in 2018, compared to 15 in 2016, figures show.

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Through the AIP, Miramichi has welcomed people from the Philippines, Africa, the Caribbean, and South America to a city dominated by third-generation Canadians.

Community leaders are being lauded for their use of the AIP, with other cities being urged to follow their example.

Previously, employers were considering cutting hours or closing their businesses due to labour shortages.

But the AIP, launched in 2017 to help attract and retain more skilled immigrants to the Atlantic region, has given businesses new options.

The AIP operates as a partnership between Canada’s federal government and the four provinces in the region: New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

It is an employer-led pilot that aims to bring candidates to the region to fill positions for which Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not available.

After an initial period of two years, the AIP was extended in March until 2021.

To hire through the AIP, employers do not need a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Instead, they must meet requirements to become designated to make job offers.

Three programs operate under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which target different types of candidates.

1) Atlantic High-Skilled Program

The Atlantic High-Skilled Program is aimed at skilled workers with management, professional or technical/skilled job experience. There are also other requirements. The job offer must last for at least one year.

Read more about the Atlantic High-Skilled Program.

2) Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program is aimed at candidates for jobs requiring a high school education and/or job-specific training. There are also other requirements. The job offer must be permanent.

Read more about the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program.

3) Atlantic International Graduate Program

The Atlantic International Graduate Program is aimed at candidates who have a degree, diploma or another credential from a publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province. Work experience is not required. The job offer must last for at least one year.

Read more about the Atlantic International Graduate Program.

Open Work Permits Available for Qualified Interim Pathway for Caregivers Applicants

Candidates who are eligible for Canada’s Interim Pathway for Caregivers have access to an open work permit while their applications are processed.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada guidelines state that applicants with a ‘positive eligibility assessment’ under the IPC are eligible for an open work permit until their permanent residence application is finalized.

Family members of the applicant who are in Canada are also eligible for the open work permit.

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Canada’s new caregiver permanent residence pathway opened for three months on March 4, 2019, aimed at candidates who do not qualify under existing programs.

The Interim Pathway for Caregivers is open until June 4, 2019.

It provides a window of opportunity for candidates who came to Canada expecting to qualify to remain here permanently, but then found out they did not.

According to IRCC, the pathway is designed to mitigate some of the confusion caused when changes were made to the caregiver system in 2014 under the previous Conservative government.

The Interim Pathway for Caregivers is separate from the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot.

These will replace the existing Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs programs when they expire in November 2019.

Interim Pathway for Caregivers: Eligibility Criteria and Conditions

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be authorized to work in Canada on a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit.
  2. Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec.
  3. Has obtained:
    1. a completed Canadian educational credential of at least a secondary school diploma; or,
    2. a foreign diploma, certificate or credential, along with an equivalency assessment — issued within five years before the date of application— that indicates that the foreign diploma, certificate or credential is equivalent to a completed Canadian secondary school diploma.
  4. Has attained a level of proficiency of at least benchmark 5 in either official language for each of the four language skill areas, as set out in the Canadian Language Benchmarks or the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens.
  5. Since November 30, 2014, has acquired one year of authorized full-time Canadian work experience on a Temporary Foreign Worker Program work permit in any combination of the following eligible occupations:
    1. Home child care provider as per the terms of NOC 44112, other than any experience as a foster parent.
    2. Home support worker or related occupation, but not a housekeeper, under NOC 4412.

Submitting an application

All applications for permanent residence under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers must be submitted to the Case Processing Centre in Edmonton. 

Eligibility for processing

There is no cap on the number of complete applications IRCC will accept under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers. IRCC will only accept and process complete applications submitted from March 4, 2019, to June 4, 2019.