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The pilot programs are programs that operate temporarily for an average of 2 to 5 years, and are extended or converted to a regular immigration program depending on the progress. Skilled Trades workers, Start-up Viasa, and BC provincial tech (IT) pilots are the examples of pilot programs, and most of them are becoming regular immigration programs after the trial periods end.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)

The four Atlantic provinces with a smaller population than other provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland) have launched the AIPP (Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program) since March 2017 to accept the necessary professionals quickly. This program accepts between 2000 and 6000 applications per year and has two distinctions from the general provincial immigration programs. Firstly, the employers can apply for designation prior to the applicant’s immigration process. Secondly, a faster processing is possible because the employer has been designated in advance.

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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

The Immigration Pilot Program for Rural and Northern area, which has been in full force since 2020, was introduced to prevent population decline and economic downturn in the region. This program was developed based on the achievements of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), which has been in place since 2017. It is being implemented in 8 provinces and territories (Alberta, BC, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Yukon), out of 13 provinces in Canada. As it is a program developed based on the achievements of AIPP, it is characterized by a shorter processing period compared to the regular provincial immigration programs.

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Agri-food Pilot

The Agri-food pilot immigration program is temporarily in effect for 3 years from May 15, 2020 to May 14, 2023. It is designed to attract workers from the 6 occupations in the fields of agriculture/livestock/food manufacturing, which is the basis for all economic activities, like other federal pilot programs, this program does not exist for the province of Quebec.

Eligible occupations and annual limits for each occupation is as follows

Annual quota (2,750 applications per year, about 5,500 immigrants)

Eligible occupation Number of applications accepted per year
Farm supervisor or specialized livestock worker (NOC B 8252) 50
Industrial butcher (NOC C 9462) or retail butcher (NOC B 6331) 1470
Food processing labourer (NOC D 9617) 730
General farm worker (NOC C 8431) 200
Harvesting labourer (NOC D 8611) 300

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Caregivers (Home Child-Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot)

Caregiver immigration is an immigration category that grants permanent residency to foreign workers who care for the elderly, patients or children in need of care in Canada. The Caregiver program is one of the many traditional categories in Canada along with the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). It is a category that has changed a lot in the last 5 years, and it has been converted into a Caregiver pilot program from June 18, 2019 for 5 years. In order to qualify for this program, the applicants’occupations should be either childcare providers (Home Child Care Provider NOC 4411) or caregivers for the elderly (Home Support Worker NOC 4412), and the applicant must have 2 years of experience within the last 3 years.

Applicants must have completed at least one year of post-secondary education and must acquire CLB 5 in English or NLCL 5 in French from the language test. It is best to apply early as there may be many applicants. (2,750 applications, a total of 5,500 immigrants per year)

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