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Pilot Programs In Canada For International Students

Thu April 2, 2020     1037

Canada is one of the most popular destinations for international students due to a wide range of benefits given to them. Students can study in the world’s top-ranked universities at an affordable price. Canada offers students the option to work and study simultaneously, which is a massive boon for the students. The graduate lot gets numerous opportunities to dive into the career of their choice. In the last decade alone, 1.6 million jobs were created for international graduates!

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 One of the unique selling proposition is acquiring the Permanent Residency card the fastest way possible! The Canadian government has started several pilot programs to fast-track the immigration process by giving employers a chance to hire international graduates to fill for jobs that have not been filled locally. These pilot programs are an excellent option for freshly graduate international students wishing to settle in Canada and find in-demand jobs.


Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

The current and most influential pilot program is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program or the AIPP, which was introduced in the year 2017. The AIPP was established to habituate foreign nationals to the four Atlantic provinces - Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. This program gives local employers an opportunity to recruit talents from around the world. As the skilled population in these four provinces in not increasing at a steady rate to suffice for the increasing jobs, the pilot program’s strategy is focused on prioritizing the hiring for five areas:

  • skilled workforce and immigration
  • innovation
  • clean growth and climate change
  • trade and investment
  • infrastructure

Once a nominated employer finds the deserving candidate for the job and has accepted the job offer, the candidate will now be eligible to obtain a temporary work permit.  To get approval, the candidate must fulfill three requirements:

  • a valid job offer
  • a letter from the province
  • a commitment to apply for permanent residence within 90 days of the temporary work permit application.


To obtain a PR in Canada, one must fulfill cutoff in the Comprehensive Ranking System. One requires a minimum of three years of work experience to apply for a PR card. This pilot program provides a unique benefit to international students who have graduated from any of the Atlantic province colleges/Universities. The need to evaluate and prove the previous work experience is a big hassle for international students to acquire permanent residency. The AIPP has waived the last experience work criteria for all international students holding a 2-year educational diploma from any four Atlantic provinces. Another roadblock in the road to obtaining PR is getting a good IELTS score (CLB 7) which is often challenging for novices to achieve. The AIPP has made the minimum requirement to a CLB of 4 in all language abilities to speak, listening, reading, and writing, which is the most significant
advantage offered to the students.

The AIPP has made it easier for the candidates to get accustomed to life in Canada. The government has drawn up an effective settlement plan which assists prospects with:

  • Finding housing
  • Transportation
  • Acquiring essential public services like Social Security, health cards
  • Language training


Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program or the RNIPP is a program driven by 11 communities in Canada, offering fast permanent residency to international students. These 11 cities are as follows: North Bay, Sudbury, Timmins, Sault St. Marie, Thunder Bay, Brandon, Altona Rhineland, Moose Jaw, Claresholm, Vernon, and West Kootenay.

The communities with the assistance of the federal government initiated this program in January 2019 to support economic development and to retain a skilled workforce.

These developing communities will:

  • assess prospective candidates who
  • best fit the commercial needs of these community
  • have a genuine employment opportunity that meets their community requirements.
  • Those who have the intention of staying in the community
  • recommend candidates for permanent residence to IRCC for a final decision
  • connect newcomers with settlement services and mentoring opportunities with established members of the community

Each community has its own set of additional eligibility requirements to evaluate a prospective application.


The RNIP was created for the betterment of the select Canadian communities. This was directly done by offering several advantages to prospective international students. An international student’s main objective is to find a stable job, even more important than getting a PR.  Students who have graduated from any college with the community are guaranteed to find employment, be it skilled or labor.

Sault St. Marie is a leading producer of steel & forestry products. Students graduating in Smart Energy, Clean Tech & Renewable Energy have a plethora of job opportunities given the introduction of a new $33 million Infrastructure energy project.


Due to Thunder Bay’s skyrocketing growth in Health Sciences, Mining and Manufacturing, securing employment as a Registered Nurse, Pharmacy Technician, Heavy Equipment Operator would boost any individuals career!
For all the cuisine connoisseurs Rhineland, MB is the place to be! This region is an ideal location for jobs in the food industry, like chefs, agro-food business entrepreneurs.


The advantages are not just limited. For all students graduating from any 11 select communities, there is no work experience requirement for getting a permanent residency. The minimum English language level requirements are a CLB 4.