Atlantic Immigration Program

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The Atlantic Immigration Program is a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates who want to work and live in 1 of Canada’s 4 Atlantic provinces.

This is an employer-driven program designed to help employers in Atlantic Canada hire qualified candidates for jobs they have been unable to fill locally. The applicant must receive a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada to participate in the program.

To immigrate to Atlantic Canada through this program, the applicant must be either:

  • a recent graduate of a recognized post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada, or
  • a skilled worker

The applicant can be living abroad or already be in Canada as a temporary resident.

Applicant requirements:

Work experience

In the last 5 years, the applicant must have worked at least 1,560 hours.

This work should be at one of these National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels NOC Skill Type 0, A, B, or C

International graduates can be exempt from the work experience requirements if the applicant is an international graduate who

  • has a degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship certification that took at least 2 years of studies and is from a recognized post-secondary institution in 1 of the 4 Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • was a full-time student for the entire time you were studying
  • lived in one of the 4 Atlantic provinces for at least 16 months during the last 2 years before graduated
  • had the visa or permit needed to work, study or get training while the applicant was in Canada

Educational requirements

The applicant must have one of these

  • an education level at least equal to a Canadian one-year post-secondary certificate if having a job offer at the NOC 0 or A skill type or level
  • an education level at least equal to a Canadian high school certificate if having a job offer at the NOC B or C skill levels

Language requirements

The applicant must meet the minimum language requirements based on the NOC category that applies to job offer. The minimum language requirements for each NOC category are

  • CLB/NCLC 5 for NOC 0, A and B
  • CLB/NCLC 4 for NOC C

Settlement funds

The applicant need to have enough money to support himself/herself and his/her family. The amount depends on the size of family. The size of family includes anyone the applicant support who isn’t immigrating with the applicant.

Number of family members
(including those you support that aren’t immigrating with you)
Funds required
(in Canadian dollars)
For each additional family member$890

If the applicant is already living and working in Canada with a valid work permit, the applicant doesn’t need to show proof of funds.

*Recognized post-secondary institution

Nova ScotiaAcadia University
Nova ScotiaAtlantic School of Theology
Nova ScotiaCape Breton University
Nova ScotiaDalhousie University
Nova ScotiaMount Saint Vincent University
Nova ScotiaNova Scotia College of Art and Design
Nova ScotiaNova Scotia Community College
Nova ScotiaSaint Francis Xavier University
Nova ScotiaSaint Mary’s University
Nova ScotiaUniversité Sainte-Anne
Nova ScotiaUniversity of King’s College
New BrunswickCollège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick
New BrunswickMaritime College of Forest Technology
New BrunswickMount Allison University
New BrunswickNew Brunswick College of Craft and Design
New BrunswickNew Brunswick Community College
New BrunswickSaint Thomas University
New BrunswickUniversité de Moncton
New BrunswickUniversity of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and LabradorCollege of the North Atlantic
Newfoundland and LabradorMemorial University of Newfoundland
Prince Edward IslandCollège de l’Île
Prince Edward IslandHolland College
Prince Edward IslandUniversity of Prince Edward

Employer Designation


Through Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, the federal government — together with the governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island — aim to welcome nearly 7,000 newcomers and their families to the Atlantic region of Eastern Canada in the next three years. International skilled workers may apply through Atlantic High-Skilled Program and Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program, while international students may apply through Atlantic International Graduate Program. Employers in Atlantic Canada who wish to hire foreign talent through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) must first receive employer designation.

Nova Scotia AIPP employer requirements:

Employers in Nova Scotia must first be approved to become designated and then endorsed by the province for AIPP.

To become designated, an employer must:

  1. Have a business operating in good standing
  2. Provide information on labour needs
  3. Commit to working with a service provider organization on settlement and retention

To become endorsed, an employer must:

  1. Demonstrate efforts to hire locally have not been successful
  2. Recruit a foreign worker
  3. Provide a valid, full-time, non-seasonal job offer co-signed with the foreign worker
  4. Provide an individualized settlement plan co-signed with the foreign worker. Employers must also work with a settlement service provider in the province

New Brunswick AIPP employer requirements:
  1. The employer wants to hire full-time, non-seasonal international candidates
  2. The employer and their business are well-established and in good standing
  3. The employer is committed to meet the settlement needs of international candidate(s) and accompanying family members

Prince Edward Island AIPP employer requirements:
  1. Want to hire full-time, non-seasonal international candidates
  2. Be in good standing with provincial and federal standards and legislation
  3. Demonstrate preparedness to receive and meet the settlement needs of international candidate(s) and accompanying family members, and agree to do so
  4. Understand and agree to the reporting requirements for the program

Newfoundland and Labrador AIPP employer requirements:
  1. The AIPP is the immigration program best suited to address the employer’s needs
  2. The employer wants to hire full-time, non-seasonal international candidates
  3. The employer and their business is established and in good standing as per the program guidelines
  4. The employer has demonstrated their preparedness to receive and meet the settlement needs of international candidate(s) and accompanying family members, and has agreed to do so
  5. The employer understands and agrees to the reporting requirements for the program
Last Modified / 最后修改: Jul 28, 2022

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