How to immigrate to Canada under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

The Federal Government — together with the governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island, is aiming to welcome 2,000 newcomers and their families to the Atlantic region of Eastern Canada.

The goal - to help address resource gaps that sectors are facing, and to help businesses in the region to attract global talent. The program will also support population growth, help to develop a skilled workforce, and increase employment rates in the region.

 

The pilot program forms part of an overall Atlantic Growth Strategy that will focus on the following five priority areas:

  • skilled workforce and immigration;

  • innovation;

  • clean growth and climate change;

  • trade and investment;

  • infrastructure.

All principal applicants arriving in Canada under the pilot program will have a job offer from a designated employer and an individualized settlement plan for themselves and their families.

Once a designated employer finds a candidate who meets their employment needs and the program criteria, that employer will need to first offer them a job. Employers do not need to go through the process of obtaining a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under this program.

 

In order to obtain the work permit, candidates will need:

  • 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.

  • Employer designation

 

Employers that would like to hire skilled immigrants under the pilot program must apply to the province(s) in order to receive the designation. Employers with locations in multiple provinces will require separate a designation for each province. Employers must meet certain requirements, including a commitment to support the newcomer and his or her family as they integrate into their new life in Atlantic Canada.

This program helps employers in the Atlantic region hire job candidates who aren’t Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

If the candidate and employer meet the requirements, the candidate gets permanent resident status in Canada.

Three streams of workers


The Atlantic Immigration Pilot has three 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. 

 

Atlantic High-Skilled Program


The 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 one year from the date the candidate becomes a permanent resident. 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 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 credentials from a publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province. Work experience is not required. The job must last at least one year from the date the candidate becomes a permanent resident. 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 one year. Candidates can only work for the employer who offered them a job.

Getting a temporary work permit doesn’t guarantee the approval of the permanent resident application.

 

Steps:
 

Before a job offer

- Meet eligibility requirements

- Find a designated employer

 

After the job offer

- Make sure the job and the employer meet the requirements

- Work with a settlement service provider organization to get a settlement plan

- Wait for the province to endorse your job offer

- Apply to immigrate as a permanent resident

 

These requirements cover:

  • the job that you’ll have in the Atlantic province

  • your skills, experience, and education

  • your ability to communicate in English or French

  • your ability to support yourself and your family in Canada

  • your intent to reside in the Atlantic province

Atlantic High-skilled Program


You must:

  • have worked in management, professional or technical/skilled job for at least a year

  • have at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent education

  • take a language test to show you can communicate in English or French

  • show you can support yourself and your family when you come to Canada

  • The employer must also meet certain requirements.

Atlantic Intermediate-skilled Program


You must:

  • have worked in a job that requires a high school education and/or job-specific training for at least a year

  • have at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent education

  • take a language test to show you can communicate in English or French

  • show you can support yourself and your family when you come to Canada

  • The employer must also meet certain requirements.

Atlantic International Graduate Program


You must:

  • have a degree, diploma or other credentials from a publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province

  • have lived in an Atlantic province for at least 16 months in the 2 years before getting your degree, diploma or credential

  • take a language test to show you can communicate in English or French

  • show you can support yourself and your family when you come to Canada

  • The employer must also meet certain requirements.

Finding a designated employer


The Atlantic Immigration Pilot doesn’t match you with open jobs.

If an employer wants to hire you, make sure they are designated by the province where you’ll be working. Ask to see the Confirmation of Designation from the province where you’ll be working.

 

Getting a job offer


If an Atlantic employer offers you a job, make sure it meets the requirements of the program.

The employer will give you an Offer of Employment. Sign it. Keep copies of all the forms because you’ll need them for your settlement plan.

You must meet the employment requirements for the job you are offered. The requirements are listed in the NOC. Your job offer doesn’t need to be in the same field as other jobs you’ve had.

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