The Canadian government has announced that the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) which was due to expire in December 2021, will now become permanent.
In a statement published on the IRCC website, “due to its success, the government has committed to making this pilot a permanent program. It will continue to be a flagship regional economic immigration program, complementing the provincial nominee programs in each Atlantic province”.
This is amazing news for those seeking to relocate to Canada who had feared they would not be able to take advantage of the program.
One of the reasons for the great success of the program is that virtually anyone can apply – no matter your trade or profession. Plus, age is also not as much an impediment under the AIPP as with other programs.
The year 2020 was a very challenging one for all countries around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The several lockdowns instituted to arrest the spread of the virus, inevitably led to business shutdowns and a significant drop in hiring. This, no doubt negatively impacted the AIPP and other programs that are employment based. But with 2021 now comes vaccinations. Canada has already embarked on an effort to vaccinate all Canadian this year. The success of this effort, coupled with other incentives being afforded businesses by the Canadian government, will lead to more businesses reopening, new ones springing up and consequently more hiring. This is good news for the AIPP.
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