The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is designed to welcome additional newcomers to the Atlantic Canada region to fulfill the needs of local employers.The three-year pilot program allows local employers to recruit and retain global talent.
The pilot program forms overall Atlantic Growth Strategy that is focused on the following five areas:
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is an employer-driven program that facilitates the hiring of foreign workers. All principal applicants arriving in Canada under the pilot program must have a job offer from a designated employer and a settlement plan for themselves and their family
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 Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in this program.
Once the candidate has accepted the job, the employer will connect the candidate with a settlement service provider organization for needs assessment and to develop a settlement plan. Employers will support the long-term integration of the new immigrant, if applicable, so he can reach the goals of their settlement plan once they arrive in Canada.
Employers that need to fill a job vacancy quickly will have access to a temporary work permit, so that the candidate and his or her family can come to Canada as soon as possible. In order to obtain this work permit, candidates will need:
The Atlantic provinces have already been active in immigration, principally through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Through these programs, the provinces have been able to welcome a huge range of skilled workers, graduates who have studied in Canada, and business immigrants such as entrepreneurs.