Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a fast-track immigration program that lets employers from Canada’s four Atlantic provinces – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island- hire foreign nationals for jobs unable to fill locally. 

How does it work?

Once a designated employer finds a candidate who meets their employment needs and the program criteria, that employer will need to give them a formal job offer. Once the candidate has accepted the offer, the employer will connect the candidate with a designated settlement service provider organization for a needs assessment and develop a settlement plan. 

Employers that need to fill a job vacancy urgently will have access to a temporary work permit so that the candidate and their family can come to Canada as soon as possible. To obtain this work permit, the candidates are required to have:

  • 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) to receive the designation. Employers must meet specific requirements, including a commitment to support the newcomer and their family to integrate into their new life in Atlantic Canada.

Candidate requirements

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has two programs for skilled workers:

  • Atlantic high-skilled program (AHSP)
  • Atlantic intermediate-skilled Program (AISP)

And one program for international student graduates:

  • Atlantic international graduate program (AIGP)

The requirement for work experience, education, and job offer depending on whether the individual is applying as a worker or an international student graduate. The remaining provisions are identical for both categories. 

Below is a table stating the requirements of different categories.

  Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP) Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP) Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)
Job offer from a designated employer
  • Full time
  • Indeterminate
  • NOC 0, A, B or C
  • Full time
  • One-year contract
  • NOC 0, A or B
  • Full time
  • One-year contract
  • NOC 0, A, B or C
Skilled work experience
  • One year in occupation related to job offer
  • Completion of at least high school
  • Educational Credential Assessment or Canadian credential is required
  • Two-year post-secondary diploma from a publicly funded learning institution in the Atlantic region, obtained within the 12 months before the submission of the application for permanent residence.
Language Level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in English or the Niveau de compétence linguistique Canadien in French
Provincial endorsement Letter of endorsement