The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a partnership between the Government of Canada and the 4 Atlantic provinces:

  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island

It helps employers in the Atlantic region hire job candidates who aren’t Canadian citizens or permanent residents. The candidates will fill jobs the employers have had trouble filling locally. If the candidate and employer meet the requirements, the candidate gets permanent resident status in Canada.

Part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy. It is a key initiative under the Skilled Workforce/Immigration pillar.

Meeting employers’ needs

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is employer driven. Most immigration programs begin with someone applying to immigrate to Canada. In the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, Atlantic employers (such as businesses, not-for-profits, governments) apply to a province to become designated under the pilot. This means they can offer jobs to skilled foreign workers and recent international graduates. These jobs must be in the province where the employer is designated.

For each job offer, employers must show they haven’t been able to fill that job with local talent. However, they don’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment.

The province where the candidate will work must endorse the job offer. After the endorsement, the candidate can apply for permanent resident status. The candidate can live and work in Canada when the application is approved.

Becoming designated

Employers must be designated by the province to make job offers in that province. The employer must show they meet certain requirements to become designated.

There is no cost to become designated. Employers only need to apply once per province. They can apply to become designated even if they haven’t found someone they want to hire.

Three streams of workers

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot has 3 programs for hiring workers. Each program has requirements for the employer and the candidate.

All programs need the candidate to show they can communicate in English or French. Candidates must also show they have enough money to support themselves and their families when they come to Canada. The application packages explain how to do this.

Atlantic High-Skilled Program

he Atlantic High-Skilled Program is for workers with experience in management, professional or technical/skilled jobs. There are also educational requirements. The job must last at least 1 year. It must be in one of these areas:

  • management
  • professional
  • technical/skilled

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

The Intermediate-Skilled Program is for workers with experience in jobs that require a high school education and/or job-specific training. There are also educational requirements. The job must be permanent and in one of these areas:

  • management
  • professional
  • technical/skilled
  • jobs needing a high school education
  • jobs needing specific training

Atlantic International Graduate Program

The International Graduate Program is for workers with specific educational requirements, including having a degree, diploma or other credential from a publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province. Work experience is not required. The job must last at least 1 year. It must be in one of these areas:

  • management
  • professional
  • technical/skilled
  • jobs needing a high school education
  • jobs needing specific training

Optional temporary work permit

Candidates may be eligible to apply for a temporary work permit before sending their permanent resident application. This permit lets the candidate begin work while their permanent resident application is being processed. The candidate must send their permanent resident application within 90 days of sending the temporary work permit application.

This work permit is good for 1 year. Candidates can only work for the employer who offered them a job.

Getting a temporary work permit doesn’t guarantee we’ll approve the permanent resident application.