The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is another element in the Canadian immigration scene for 2017.

Through this program, the government — together with the Nova Scotia government, New Brunswick government, Newfoundland and Labrador government, and Prince Edward Island government— plan to welcome 2,000 newcomers and their families to the Atlantic area of Eastern Canada in 2017.


In July 2016, Canada’s Minister of Immigration met with the provincial premiers (heads of government) of the four Atlantic areas. Together, they attempted to set up another immigration pilot program for the district and region. The federal and provincial government alike perceives that these sectors require more newcomers who can set up themselves in the work market and nearby communities. The three-year experimental run program has been established to help address asset crevices that sectors are confronting, and helping organizations draw in and hold worldwide ability. The program will likewise bolster populace development, contribute to building up a skilled and talented workforce, and increment business rates in the region. The pilot case program frames part of a comprehensive Atlantic Growth Strategy that will concentrate on the accompanying five need ranges:

  • Talented/skilled workforce and immigration;
  • Advancement;
  • Clean development and environmental change;
  • Exchange and speculation; and

As indicated by the objectives declared in Canada’s 2017 Immigration Plan, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program will encourage the passage of 2,000 first workers into Atlantic Canada in 2017.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program: the following steps

All leading candidates touching base in Canada under the test case program will have an employment offer from an assigned manager and an individualized settlement get ready for themselves and their family. Starting at the beginning of March 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will start tolerating applications for lasting through this program.

How the experimental run program functions

This is a business-driven program, with an enormous contribution from employers in the areas.

Once an assigned employer finds a hopeful who meets their work needs and the program criteria, that business should first offer them employment. Employers don’t have to experience the way toward getting a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under this program.

Once the applicant has acknowledged the occupation, the business will associate the hopeful with an assigned settlement specialist co-op association for a requirements appraisal and to build up a settlement arrange. Employers will likewise bolster the great haul incorporation of the new immigrant and his or her family, if appropriate, so they can achieve the objectives of their settlement arrange once they touch base in Canada.

Employers that need to occupy an occupation opportunity rapidly will have entry to a brief work permit so that the hopeful and his or her family can come to Canada at the earliest opportunity. With a specific end goal to obtain this work permit, competitors will require:

  • A substantial employment offer;
  • A letter from the region; and
  • A guarantee to apply for permanent residence inside 90 days of the temporary work permit application.

Employer assignment

An employer that might want to procure skilled workers under the test case program must apply to the province(s) keeping in mind the end goal to get the assignment. Businesses with areas in different regions will require isolating a job for every territory. Companies must meet certain necessities, including a promise to bolster the immigrant and his or her family as they incorporate into their new life in Atlantic Canada.

Nova Scotia business assignment necessities

Employers intrigued by taking part in the pilot must meet the accompanying assignment criteria: Employers hoping to occupy determined work vacancy through the Pilot should first be affirmed for qualification by being assigned and after that supported by the region.

To wind up assigned, a business must:

  • Have a business working on favorable terms;
  • Give data and information on employment needs; and
  • Focus on working with a specialist organization Association on settlement and maintenance

To end up supported, a business must:

  • Exhibit endeavors to enlist locally have not been fruitful;
  • Select a remote laborer;
  • Give a substantial, full-time, non-occasional employment offer co-marked with the outside laborer; and
  • Give an individualized settlement arranges co-marked with the foreign laborer.

New Brunswick boss assignment necessities

Employer intrigued by taking an interest in the pilot must meet the accompanying job criteria:

  • The employer needs to contract full-time, non-occasional global hopefuls;
  • The employer and their business are settled and on favorable terms; and
  • The employer is resolved to meet the settlement needs of the worldwide candidate(s) and going with relatives.

Newfoundland manager assignment prerequisites

Employers keen on taking part in the pilot must meet the accompanying assignment criteria. Points of interest of the rules might be found here.

Ruler Edward Island employer assignment necessities

Employers inspired by taking an interest in the pilot must meet the accompanying job criteria:

  • Need to contract full-time, non-occasional universal competitors;
  • Be on favorable terms with commonplace and government norms and enactment according to the program rules;
  • Exhibit your readiness to get and meet the settlement needs of worldwide candidate(s) and going with relatives, and consent to do as such; and
  • You comprehend and agree to the announcing prerequisites for the program

Candidate Prerequisites

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has two projects for talented and skilled specialists:

  • Atlantic High-Skilled Program
  • Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

And one program for universal students graduates:

  • Atlantic International Graduate Program (graduates must have graduated from one of these institutions).

The work understanding, training, and employment offer required will rely on upon whether the individual is applying as a specialist or as a global understudy graduate. Alternate prerequisites are the same for both. See the table underneath for an audit of the necessities.

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)


Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)


Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)
Job offer from a designated employer
  • Full time
  • Indeterminate
  • NOC 0, A, B or C


  • Full time
  • One-year contract
  • NOC 0, A or B


·        Full time

·        One-year contract

·        NOC  0, A, B or C

Skilled work experience
  • One year in occupation related to job offer


  • Completion of at least high school
  • Educational Credential Assessment or Canadian credential is required


·        Tow-year post-secondary diploma from a publicly funded learning institution in the Atlantic region
Language Level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark {CLB} in English or the Niveau de compétence linguistique Canadien in French
Provincial endorsement Letter of endorsement


Different approaches to immigrate to Atlantic Canada

The Atlantic territories/provinces have as of now been dynamic in immigration over late years, mainly through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Through these projects, the areas have possessed the capacity to welcome an extensive variety of skilled specialists, graduates who have contemplated in Canada, and business foreigners, for example, entrepreneurs. Since 2015, every Atlantic territory has made no less than one PNP stream adjusted to the government Express Entry framework, permitting applicants in the Express Entry pool who are additionally qualified to move through one of these streams to present an application to go to the given province. Currently, the Atlantic PNP alternatives include:

  • Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
  • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)

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