New Atlantic Immigration Pilot change will help newcomers feel at home

News release

More spouses can now apply for a work permit for jobs such as servers

May 8, 2019—Halifax, NS – The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is adding a new component to provide a better quality of life to skilled immigrants and their families, who came to Atlantic Canada to work by providing their spouses with intermediate skill level, such as food and beverage servers or long-haul truck drivers, an opportunity to apply for an open work permit.

This change supports the Atlantic Immigration Pilot’s goal to ensure newcomers who have come here, stay here.

Originally, only the spouses of those in high-skilled positions, such as managers, medical doctors or architects, were able to apply for a work permit. After important feedback, we recognize the importance of spouses having the ability to immediately access the labour market in the Atlantic region.


“Good quality of life for newcomers that have come to work here through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot is critical to their success and making sure they make Atlantic Canada their forever home.”

– Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Quick facts

  • The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is an innovative partnership aimed at ensuring the long-term retention and integration of newcomers in Atlantic Canada to help drive economic growth.

  • In March 2019, a number of changes to the pilot were introduced based on feedback and lessons learned.

  • The Atlantic Immigration Pilot has been extended another two years to the end of 2021.

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Mathieu Genest
Minister’s Office
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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