Immigrate through the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot: Complete your immigration program application

To participate in the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP), you must first complete an application for 1 of the participating economic immigration programs.

You’re applying to the Atlantic Immigration Program

Before you apply

There are a couple of things you need to do before you complete the application for this program.

Make sure you’re eligible for the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

Read the program eligibility to make sure you can complete an application for the AIP.

Since you’re applying to this program through the EMPP:

  1. You don’t need to prove you worked the number of hours asked for in the 5 years listed. Instead, you only need to show you worked the same number of hours in general, before you apply.
  2. You can apply for a loan to meet the requirement of having enough money to support yourself and your family when you come to Canada (your settlement funds).
  3. You don’t need to provide a police certificate with your application (we’ll ask you for one if we need it).
  4. You don’t need to pay

    • application fees
    • biometrics fees

    You will need to pay the Right of Permanent Residence fee. If you need it, you can apply for a loan to cover this fee. If you don’t need a loan, we recommend you pay this fee and include a copy of your receipt with your application to avoid delays.

If you need a loan for your settlement funds

We’ve partnered with Windmill Microlending to offer a loan to cover your proof of settlement funds. Windmill Microlending offers low-interest microloans to eligible EMPP candidates who

  • have a job offer and
  • don’t have the minimum funds needed to meet their immigration program financial eligibility requirements

Find out how to apply for this loan.

You can’t use the Immigration Loans Program to cover your proof of settlement funds.

Get a job offer that meets the program requirements

You must have a job offer in Canada to be eligible for this program. The employer you plan to work for must also be designated by their provincial government.

Before you can complete your AIP permanent residence application, the province you plan to live in must endorse your job offer. Your employer will handle this part of the process.

Once your job offer is endorsed, you can complete your AIP permanent residence application.

If you need help finding a job in Canada

We’re working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help you connect with employers in Canada who are interested in hiring refugees. Contact our partner NGOs if you want help finding a job in Canada.

It’s important to have a job since you’ll be settling in Canada as an economic immigrant. For this pilot, you’re chosen for your skills and you’re expected to

  • quickly integrate into the Canadian labour market and
  • be able to support your and your family’s basic needs

Apply for the AIP

Since you’re applying to this program through the EMPP, you don’t need to

  1. provide a police certificate with your application
    • We’ll ask you for one if we need it.
  2. pay
    • application fees
    • biometrics fees
  3. show you worked the number of hours asked for in the times listed
    • You only need to show you worked the same number of hours total before you apply.
  4. submit an educational credential assessment (ECA)

Instead of an ECA, you must show you have the training, education, or experience that aligns with the TEER Category of the job offer.

To assess your education, we may use a

  • scanned copy of both sides of your final degree, diploma or certificate in its original language
  • scanned copy of both sides of any transcripts or mark sheets in the original language
  • a word-for-word translation of all documents not in English or French
    • The translation must be completed by a certified professional translator.

You must also include originals or copies of at least one of these (issued by an institution)

  • transcript, mark sheet, or statement of mark
  • professional licence or certificate
  • other officially issued documents (such as letter of appointment, membership in recognized professional association or certification body, student ID card, etc.)
  • a scanned copy of a government issued ID showing date of birth

You can apply for a loan to meet the requirement of having enough money to support yourself and your family when you come to Canada (your settlement funds).

You will need to pay the Right of Permanent Residence fee. You can apply for a loan to cover this fee if you need help paying it. If you don’t need a loan, you should pay this fee and include a copy of your receipt with your application to avoid delays.

You can complete your application in 2 ways:

  1. online in the Permanent residence portal
  2. by email

How do you want to apply?

  • Online
  • By email

Apply online in the Permanent residence portal

You need an account to apply online. Before you apply, read our instructions on how to apply through the AIP.

Sign in or create an account

Once you sign in to the portal,

  1. choose “Economic” when asked which program you’re applying to
  2. choose “Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot” when asked for the category
  3. choose “Atlantic Immigration Program” when asked for the subcategory
  4. complete the forms for the AIP
    • You’ll have
      • 4 digital forms to complete in the portal, and
      • 2 PDF forms to complete separately and upload to the portal
    • In the document checklist, we ask for a police certificate and proof of fee payment. Write “This item is not required as indicated on the EMPP checklist.” You don’t need to include these in your application.
    • Do not submit your application right away. Once you complete this application, move on to complete and upload the forms for your EMPP application.

Apply by email

Before you apply, read

Do not use the instructions to submit your AIP application. You must follow the EMPP instructions to submit your complete application.

Get your checklist and forms

Use the document checklist [IMM 0155] (opens in a new tab) to make sure you include all the forms and documents you need.

  • In the checklist, we ask for a police certificate and proof of fee payment. Write “This item is not required as indicated on the EMPP checklist.” You don’t need to include these in your application.
  • Do not use the application submission instructions for the AIP application. You can only submit it using the EMPP application instructions.

You must include these forms with your application:

You may also need to complete this form, if it applies:

There are other forms you must complete and include with your application. Review the instructions on how to complete your AIP application to get these forms. You can also check the document checklist.

Complete your EMPP application

When your application for the Atlantic Immigration Program is ready, move on to complete your EMPP application.

You’re applying to the Provincial Nominee Program

Get nominated by a province or territory

Before you can complete your application for the Provincial Nominee Program

  • you must meet the requirements of 1 of the provincial or territorial streams, and
  • the province or territory must nominate you

These provinces and territories accept Provincial Nominee Program applications as part of the EMPP:

You must contact one of the participating provinces or territories directly to apply for nomination.

If you need help finding a job in Canada

We’re working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help you connect with employers in Canada who are interested in hiring skilled refugees. Contact our partner NGOs if you want help finding a job in Canada.

It’s important to have a job since you’ll be settling in Canada as an economic immigrant. Under this pilot, you’re chosen for your skills and you’re expected to

  • quickly integrate into the Canadian labour market and
  • be able to support your and your family’s basic needs 

Apply for permanent residence in Canada

Once you’ve been nominated by a province or territory, you can complete your application for the Provincial Nominee Program.

Since you’re applying to this program through the EMPP:

  1. You don’t need to provide a police certificate with your application. We’ll ask you for one if we need it.
  2. You don’t need to pay
    • application fees
    • biometrics fees

You will need to pay the Right of Permanent Residence fee. You can apply for a loan to cover this fee if you need help paying it. If you don’t need a loan, you should pay this fee and include a copy of your receipt with your application to avoid delays.

You can complete your application in 2 ways:

  1. online in the Permanent residence portal
  2. by email

How do you want to apply?

  • Online
  • By email

Apply online in the Permanent residence portal

You need an account to apply online. Before you apply, read our instructions on how to apply through the Provincial Nominee Program.

Sign in or create an account

Once you sign in to the portal

  1. choose “Economic” when asked which program you’re applying to
  2. choose “Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot” when asked for the category
  3. choose “Provincial Nominee Program” when asked for the subcategory
  4. complete the forms for the Provincial Nominee Program
    • You’ll have
      • 4 digital forms to complete in the portal, and
      • 3 PDF forms to complete separately and upload to the portal
    • In the document checklist, we ask for a police certificate and proof of fee payment. Write “This item is not required as indicated on the EMPP checklist.” You don’t need to include these in your application.
    • Do not submit your application right away. Once you complete this application, move on to complete and upload the forms for your EMPP application.

Apply by email

Before you apply, read

Do not use the instructions to submit your Provincial Nominee Program application. You must follow the EMPP instructions to submit your complete application.

Get your checklist and forms

Use the document checklist [IMM 5690] (PDF, 395.04 KB) to make sure you include all the forms and documents you need.

  • In the checklist, we ask for a police certificate and proof of fee payment., Write “This item is not required as indicated on the EMPP checklist”. You don’t need to include these in your application.

You must include these forms with your application:

You may also need to complete this form, if it applies:

There are other forms you must complete and include with your application. Review the instructions on how to complete your Provincial Nominee Program application to get these forms. You can also check the document checklist.

Complete your EMPP application

When your application for the Provincial Nominee Program is ready, move on to complete your EMPP application.

You’re applying to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

Before you apply

There are a couple of things you need to do before you complete the application for this program.

Make sure you’re eligible for this program

Read the program eligibility to make sure you can complete an application for this program.

Since you’re applying to this program through the EMPP:

  1. You don’t need to prove you worked the number of hours asked for in the 3 years listed. Instead, you only need to show you worked the same number of hours in general, before you apply.
  2. You can apply for a loan to meet the requirement of having enough money to support yourself and your family when you come to Canada (your settlement funds).
If you need a loan for your settlement funds

We’ve partnered with Windmill Microlending to offer a loan to cover your proof of settlement funds. Windmill Microlending offers low-interest microloans to eligible EMPP candidates who

  • have a job offer and
  • don’t have the minimum funds needed to meet their immigration program financial eligibility requirements

Find out how to apply for this loan.

You can’t use the Immigration Loans Program to cover your proof of settlement funds.

Find a job in one of the participating communities

You must have a job in one of the participating communities to be eligible for this program.

If you need help finding a job in Canada

We’re working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help you connect with employers in Canada who are interested in hiring refugees. Contact our partner NGOs if you want help finding a job in Canada.

It’s important to have a job since you’ll be settling in Canada as an economic immigrant. Under this pilot, you’re chosen for your skills and you’re expected to

  • quickly integrate into the Canadian labour market and
  • be able to support your and your family’s basic needs

Apply to the community for a recommendation

You must apply for recommendation from the community in which you plan to live. When applying for a recommendation, you must inform the community that you are applying under the EMPP. Each community may have their own way for you to show that you’re an EMPP applicant. If the community approves your application, you can then complete the RNIP permanent residence application.

Apply for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Since you’re applying to this program through the EMPP, you don’t need to

  1. provide a police certificate with your application. We’ll ask you for one if we need it.
  2. pay
    • application fees
    • biometrics fees
  3. show you worked the number of hours asked for in the times listed
    • You only need to show you worked the same number of hours total before you apply.
  4. submit an educational credential assessment (ECA)

Instead of an ECA, you must show you have the training, education, or experience that aligns with the TEER category of the job offer.

To assess your education, we may use a

  • scanned copy of both sides of your final degree, diploma or certificate in its original language
  • scanned copy of both sides of any transcripts or mark sheets in the original language
  • a word-for-word translation of all documents not in English or French
    • The translation must be completed by a certified professional translator.

You must also include originals or copies of at least one of these (issued by an institution)

  • transcript, mark sheet, or statement of mark
  • professional licence or certificate
  • other officially issued documents (such as letter of appointment, membership in recognized professional association or certification body, student ID card, etc.)
  • a scanned copy of a government issued ID showing date of birth

You can apply for a loan to meet the requirement of having enough money to support yourself and your family when you come to Canada (your settlement funds).

You will need to pay the Right of Permanent Residence fee. You can apply for a loan to cover this fee if you need help paying it. If you don’t need a loan, you should pay this fee and include a copy of your receipt with your application to avoid delays.

You can complete your application in 2 ways:

  1. online in the Permanent residence portal
  2. by email

How do you want to apply?

  • Online
  • By email

Apply online in the Permanent residence portal

You need an account to apply online. Before you apply, read our instructions on how to apply through the RNIP.

Sign in or create an account

Once you sign in to the portal,

  1. choose “Economic” when asked which program you’re applying to
  2. choose “Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot” when asked for the category
  3. choose “Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot” when asked for the subcategory
  4. complete the forms for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
    • You’ll have
      • 4 digital forms to complete in the portal, and
      • 2 PDF forms to complete separately and upload to the portal
    • In the document checklist, we ask for a police certificate and proof of fee payment. Write “This item is not required as indicated on the EMPP checklist”. You don’t need to include these in your application.
    • do not submit your application right away. Once you complete this application, move on to complete and upload the forms for your EMPP application.

Apply by email

Before you apply, read

Do not use the instructions to submit your RNIP application. You must follow the EMPP instructions to submit your complete application.

Get your checklist and forms

Use the document checklist [IMM 5987] (opens in a new tab) to make sure you include all the forms and documents you need.

  • In the checklist, we ask for a police certificate and proof of fee payment. Write “This item is not required as indicated on the EMPP checklist”. You don’t need to include these in your application.
  • Your employer and the community that recommends you will also have forms to fill out.

You must include these forms with your application:

You may also need to complete this form, if it applies:

There are other forms you must complete and include with your application. Review the instructions on how to complete your RNIP application to get these forms. You can also check the document checklist.

Complete your EMPP application

When your application for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is ready, move on to complete your EMPP application.

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