The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is designed to welcome additional newcomers to the Atlantic Canada region to fill the needs of local employers and communities.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot helps you hire qualified candidates for jobs you haven’t been able to fill locally. These candidates can be overseas or living in Canada temporarily.

Once you make a job offer, you and the candidate will work through several steps. If you and the candidate meets all the requirements, the candidate gets permanent resident status in Canada.

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There are 3 programs you can use to hire someone:

Each program has requirements that you and the candidate must meet.

1. Find out if you’re eligible

Work experience

In the last 3 years,  at least 12 months in skill level O, A, B, C and D


You must have 1 of the following:

  • a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree from a recognized institution
  • a foreign degree, diploma, or certificate equal to a Canadian credential. You need an educational credential assessment (ECA) report from a recognized organization to show your credential is valid and equal to a Canadian credential. If you already have an ECA report, it must be less than 5 years old when we receive your permanent resident application.

Language testing

Get results that are at least equal to a language level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) But the requirement of our employer is CLB 5.

Proof of funds

You need to have enough money to support yourself and your family when you get to Canada. The amount you need depends on the size of your family. The size of your family also includes anyone you support who isn’t immigrating with you.

Job offer – Mandatory

You must have a job offer that meets all of these requirements:

  • The job offer was made using the Offer of Employment to a Foreign National [IMM 5650] (PDF, 1.55 MB) form.
  • The employer has been designated as an employer taking part in the AIP by the Atlantic province where you’ll be working (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island). They must have a Confirmation of Designation from the province.
  • The job must be full-time, meaning you’ll work at least 30 paid hours per week.
  • The job must be non-seasonal. In general, this means you have consistent and regularly scheduled paid employment throughout the year.
  • The job is skill type/level 0, A, B, C and D under the NOC.
  • Your employment is permanent, that is, there is no set end date.

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