The Atlantic Immigration Program provides an opportunity for skilled workers who desire to establish themselves in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, or Prince Edward Island to obtain permanent residency. The Atlantic Immigration Program operates on an employer-centric model, streamlining the process of hiring foreign nationals. For individuals to be eligible for entry into Canada under this program, they must have a job offer from a designated employer, as well as a personalized settlement plan for themselves and their family. Once a designated employer identifies a candidate who meets their employment requirements and program criteria, the employer is responsible for extending a job offer. Notably, employers are exempted from the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process. After accepting the job offer, the candidate will be connected by the employer to a designated settlement service provider organization. This connection facilitates a needs assessment and the creation of a settlement plan tailored to the individual's circumstances. Employers also play a role in supporting the seamless integration of the new immigrant and their family, if applicable, ensuring they can achieve the objectives outlined in their settlement plan upon arrival in Canada. Employers in urgent need of filling a job vacancy are granted access to a temporary work permit, allowing the candidate and their family to enter Canada promptly. Candidates must submit a legitimate job offer, a letter from the province, and a promise to apply for permanent residency within 90 days of their temporary work permit application in order to be eligible for the work permit.

AIPP: Exploring the Various Programs Offered

The Atlantic Immigration Program comprises three distinct programs tailored to accommodate various types of candidates.

  • • Atlantic High-Skilled Program
  • • Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
  • • Atlantic International Graduate Program

Eligibility Criteria

Job offer:
  • The job offer must be provided by an employer in an Atlantic province who is nominated by the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP).
  • The job must be non-seasonal and full-time, requiring a minimum of 30 hours of work per week.
  • The job must fall under skill level B, A, or 0 according to the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  • The duration of the job offer must be a minimum of 1 year.
  • The job offer must be permanent in nature in the case of Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled and International Graduate Programs.
  • The job offer must be supported by a valid document issued by the Federal Government.
  • Note: The specific occupation of the job offer does not need to match the candidate's previous work experience. However, candidates must meet the employment requirements specified in the NOC for the given job.

Work Experience

To be eligible, you must have accumulated at least 1,560 hours of employment, equivalent to a minimum of one year's work experience within the past three years. This experience can be acquired through part-time, non-continuous, or full-time employment as long as the total hours meet the requirement.

  • It must be in a single occupation, but can involve multiple employers.
  • Internships, unpaid positions, and volunteering cannot be considered towards the required work experience.
  • The occupation should fall under skill level B, A, or 0 according to the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  • The work experience can be acquired either overseas or within Canada.
  • Note: In the case of International Graduate Program, having work experience is not a requirement for the candidates.


Applicants must meet one of the following educational requirements:

  • • Possession of a Canadian degree, diploma, or certificate at the post-secondary or secondary level.
  • • Possession of an overseas certificate, diploma, degree, apprenticeship, or trade education credential.


For overseas educational credentials, an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is necessary to verify its validity and equivalence to a Canadian credential. The ECA must confirm that the education is comparable to a Canadian degree, diploma, or certificate at the post-secondary or secondary level. Additionally, the ECA must be obtained within 5 years from the date of application.

For the Atlantic International Graduate Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • • Completion of a certificate, diploma, degree, apprenticeship, or trade education program lasting at least 2 years from a reputable publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province.
  • • Enrollment as a full-time student in Canada for a minimum of 2 years.
  • • Graduation from the program within the 24 months prior to the application date.
  • • Residency in any of the Atlantic Canada provinces for a minimum of 16 months within the 24 months preceding graduation.
  • • Possession of a permit or visa for training, studying, or working in Canada.
  • • Completion of French or English second language courses for more than 50% of the program's duration.
  • • Participation in distance learning for more than 50% of the program's duration.


Applicants must meet the following language requirements:

  • Attain a minimum score of CLB Level 4 (Canadian Language Benchmark) in an approved language proficiency test for English or NCLC (Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens) for the French language.
  • Successfully complete a language test that assesses writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills, meeting the required skill level.
  • Ensure that the test results are obtained within 2 years from the date of application.

Proof of Funds

Applicants must provide evidence of adequate financial resources to support themselves and their family members when immigrating to Canada. The specific amount of funds required is determined based on the size of the family, including any non-immigrating members whom the applicants financially support. However, candidates who are already residing and working in Canada with a valid Work Visa are exempt from providing evidence of financial resources.

Appropriate Work Experience

Settlement Plan

Candidates looking to migrate to Canada through any of the three programs under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program are required to have a Settlement Plan upon receiving a job offer. This plan is designed to assist candidates and their families in settling in Canada by providing resources tailored to their specific needs. Candidates will also be provided with information about community support services they can reach out to for assistance. To endorse the Settlement Plan, candidates will work with a Settlement Service Provider, which can be chosen with the guidance of their employer. The Service Provider will conduct a needs assessment, gathering information about the candidate and their family members. This assessment can be conducted through telephone interviews, in-person meetings, or online interactions.


Provincial Endorsement

The endorsement of every job offer through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is a requirement from the respective province. Once candidates receive the Settlement Plan, the employer takes charge of managing the endorsement application process. Candidates should refrain from applying for a Canadian Permanent Residence (PR) Visa until they have obtained the Endorsement Certificate. This certificate is essential and must be included in their PR application.

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