The pilot, launched in 2017, helps employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada and international graduates who want to stay in Atlantic Canada after they graduate. Due to its success, the government has committed to making this pilot a permanent program. It will continue to be a flagship regional economic immigration program, complementing the provincial nominee programs in each Atlantic province.
Atlantic provinces include New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
This is an employer-driven program designed to help employers in Atlantic Canada hire qualified candidates for jobs they have been unable to fill locally. This means that a compulsory requirement is that you need to have a job offer from a designated employer in order to apply for this pilot program. If you receive a job offer from an employer:
ask for a copy of the employer’s Confirmation of Designation, or
tell them about the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and ask them to consider becoming designated, if they aren’t already.
There are 3 programs in the pilot that employers can hire you through. You may qualify for more than 1 program, but you can only apply through 1.
For all 3 programs, you have to show proof that you meet the language, education and work experience requirements and that you have enough money to support you and your family when you come to Canada.