Hire through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot: get designated

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot closed on December 31, 2021, and provincial endorsements are no longer being issued. If your candidate has a valid provincial certificate of endorsement, they can still apply for permanent residence under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot until March 5, 2022.

The Atlantic Immigration Program has replaced the pilot. Candidates can submit their permanent residence application to the new program starting March 6, 2022.

About designation

Before you can make a job offer and hire a candidate, you must be designated by the provincial government of the Atlantic province where the candidate will be working.

Being “designated” means you can offer jobs under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. The provinces handle designation.

To be designated, your organization must:

  • be in good standing
  • have been operating in the Atlantic region for at least 2 years
  • work with a settlement service provider organization to help your candidates get settlement services

If you meet these criteria, you can apply to the province to become designated.

Good standing

Definitions of “good standing” are found in the federal-provincial agreements for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot:

Apply to the province to become designated

Each province has its own application process. There is no cost to become a designated employer. You can find applications to become designated on the provinces’ websites:

The provinces handle designation. Send any questions about designation to them.

You only have to apply once to be designated by a province. You don’t need to apply for each candidate.

You can apply for designation even before you find a candidate.

You must be designated in the province where the candidate will be working. If the candidate will be working in several provinces, you must be designated in all those provinces.

You can’t hire someone under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot if they won’t be working in an Atlantic province.

When you are designated, you’ll receive a Confirmation of Designation from the province.

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