Many companies and individuals highlight the positive and best features of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIPP). It is absolutely fact that these are excellent programs featuring a simplified process to obtain work permits and/or permanent residence in Canada. For instance, you do not need a job offer backed by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This is a big benefit because it is an expensive and time consuming process for employers to apply for an LMIA. The LMIA application process also requires the disclosure of company finances and labour market conditions play a major role in the outcome of the LMIA application.
However, one must realize the facts of the matter that there are very very limited job opportunities in the participating regions of these two programs. For example, the four provinces that are participating in AIPP and their respective populations are:
1. Newfoundland & Labrador - 521,542 people
2. Prince Edward Island (PEI) - 156,947 people
3. Nova Scotia - 971,395 people
4. New Brunswick - 776,827 people
Therefore, with populations in the major cities of these provinces being in the 150,000 to 300,000 people range, the labour market and quantity of active businesses is very small. Now add the fact that there are millions of people interested to migrate to Canada and that AIPP has been around since 2017 and a lot of scams have begun circulating around this program in three years time, one must carefully assess the prospects for success prior to engaging with any offers.
When it comes to RNIPP, the list of eligible communities and their respective populations are also telling regarding the reality of the situation of obtaining a job offer. For instance:
1. Thunder Bay (ON) - 110,172 people
2. Sault Ste. Marie (ON) - 73,368 people
3. Sudbury (ON) - 164,926 people
4. Timmins (ON) - 41,788 people
5. North Bay (ON) - 51,553 people
6. Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee (MB) - 4,167 people
7. Brandon (MB) - 48,859 people
8. Moose Jaw (SK) - 33,890 people
9. Claresholm (AB) - 3,780 people
10. West Kootenay (BC) - 18,000 people
11. Vernon (BC) - 40,116 people
With so few people, there are a limited amount of businesses in the above-mentioned communities who are part of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program and most of them would be small businesses with very few employees. However, the advantage that this program has over and above AIPP is that it is just opening now and has not been around for over three years like the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. The opportunity to approach the communities and to work with them from the program's inception is here today and the employment pool is not as saturated as it will be a few years down the road.
Individuals who are interested in using these programs must seriously consider developing appropriate resume's or CV's and using job sites to apply to jobs in the designated communities and/or provinces participating in AIPP with limited guidance from industry professionals. Consequently, be aware of deals that sound too good to be true when it comes to job offers and be informed regarding the local labour market conditions. One must understand that the reality is more difficult than it seems and this is a case in point.
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