Atlantic Immigration Program

The Atlantic Immigration Program is a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates from a Canadian institution who want to work and live in 1 of Canada’s 4 Atlantic provinces—New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador. The program helps employers hire qualified candidates for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot closed on December 31, 2021. If you received a valid provincial certificate of endorsement before December 31, 2021, you can still apply for permanent residence under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot until March 5, 2022.

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

Atlantic Immigration Pilot


Request referral letters for work permits and extensions for candidates who received an endorsement certificate before December 31, 2021


Apply for permanent residence until March 5, 2022 (if you already have a valid provincial certificate of endorsement), for a work permit or for a work permit extension

Atlantic Immigration Program: Employers in Atlantic Canada

How the program works for employers

Find out how the program works and if you can participate

Get designated

Learn how to become a designated employer in one of the Atlantic provinces

Take your required training

Sign up for onboarding training and intercultural competency training

Find a candidate

Find a qualified candidate you can hire

Meet the requirements

Make sure your job offer and your candidate meet the program requirements

Make a job offer

Hire a skilled foreign worker or international graduate

Submit an endorsement

Get your candidate’s job offer endorsed by the province

Temporary work permit

Request a referral letter for your candidate’s work permit

Resources for designated employers

Get help for the program, such as training and services from the Dedicated Service Channel

Atlantic Immigration Program: International graduates and skilled foreign workers

How you can take part in the program

See how you can work and live in Atlantic Canada through the program

Who can apply

Find out the requirements of the program

Get a job offer

Contact employers to get a job offer that meets the program requirements

Get your documents ready

What you need to apply for permanent residence in Atlantic Canada under the program, including a settlement plan and certificate of endorsement

Apply for permanent residence

Get the forms you need to apply for permanent residence

Get a temporary work permit

Find out if you can apply for a work permit while your permanent residence application is being processed

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