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:

  • skilled workforce and immigration.
  • innovation.
  • clean growth and climate change.
  • trade and investment.
  • infrastructure

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program: How it works

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:

  • a valid job offer,
  • a letter from the province, and
  • a commitment to apply for permanent residence within 90 days of the temporary work permit application.

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.