Atlantic Immigration Program

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a partnership between the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces:
  1. New Brunswick
  2. Newfoundland and Labrador
  3. Nova Scotia
  4. Prince Edward Island

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot lets Atlantic employers hire qualified candidates for jobs that they have not been able to fill locally. You can be living abroad or be in Canada temporarily. You must have a job offer before you can apply.

You and the employer must meet requirements. If you and the employer meet the requirements, you’ll get permanent resident status. This means you can live and work in Canada.

These are the steps you need to follow:

Before a job offer

  1. Meet eligibility requirements.
  2. Find a designated employer.

After the job offer

  1. Make sure the job and the employer meet the requirements.
  2. Work with a settlement service provider organization to get a settlement plan.
  3. Wait for the province to endorse your job offer.
  4. Apply to immigrate as a permanent resident.
  5. Optional: Temporary work permit

It usually takes six months to process your permanent resident application.

Employers can hire you through one of three programs in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot:

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

Each program has its own requirements. These requirements cover the job that you will have in the Atlantic province.

  • your skills, experience, and education
  • your ability to communicate in English or French.
  • your ability to support yourself and your family in Canada.
  • your intent to reside in the Atlantic province.

You may be eligible for more than one program, but you can only apply through one program.


  1. Meet eligibility requirements.
  2. Find a designated employer.
  3. Get a job offer.
  4. Get a settlement plan.
  5. Get endorsed by an Atlantic province.
  6. Submit your permanent resident application.
  7. Optional: Temporary work permit