Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is a fast-track immigration program which allows employers in the Atlantic provinces of Canada such as; Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island, to provide employment for immigrants which they are not able to perform locally.

Presented in 2017, the federal government and its provincial government partners intend to welcome more than 7,000 newcomers and their families to the Canadian Atlantic region by 2022 through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.


Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is an employer-driven program which facilitates in providing employment to foreign workers. All major applicants arriving in Canada under the AIPP must have a job offer from a designated employer and an individualized settlement plan for themselves and their families.

Once an employer finds a candidate that meets their employment needs and program criteria, that employer must first offer them a job. Employers do not have to go through the process of obtaining an Impact Evaluation in the Labor Market (LMIA) under this program.

Once the job is accepted by the candidate, the employer will connect him/her with the settlement service provider organization designated for a needs assessment and develop a settlement plan. Employers will also support the long-term integration of the new immigrant and his family, if applicable so that they can achieve the goals of their settlement plan once they arrive in Canada.

Employers who need to fill a job vacancy quickly will have access to a temporary work permit so that the candidate and their family can come to Canada as soon as possible. To obtain this work permit, candidates will need:

  •   A valid job offer;
  •   A letter from the province;
  •   Commitment to applying for permanent residency within 90 days of applying for a temporary work permit.