The employer-driven Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program was first launched in 2017 as an initiative between the federal government and the Atlantic provinces, namely Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island (PEI), and Newfoundland and Labrador. Since its launch, the program has been extended through 2021.
The pilot project helps bring skilled, educated and experienced newcomers to replenish the labour pool in a region that previously struggled to retain locals and attract newcomers.
Applicants with a job offer from an approved employer are in a position to move to one of these provinces, as long as they fulfill other criteria. Applicants also require provincial endorsement before submitting an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Applicants who receive a job offer from a designated employer and a referral letter, issued by one of the Atlantic provinces, may be eligible to apply for a one-year Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-exempt employer-specific work permit.