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 one of the participating economic immigration programs.

You’re applying to the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

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 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

Get your application package for the Atlantic Immigration Program

First, read the instruction guide (IMM 0154) to find out how to complete the application.

The application package includes your document checklist and all of the forms you need to fill out. Your employer will also have a form to fill out.

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”, since 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.

Get your application package

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 (PNP)

Get nominated by a province or territory

Before you can apply for permanent residence in Canada, and for the EMPP, you must

  • meet the requirements of one of the participating provincial or territorial streams, and
  • be nominated by that province or territory

The following provinces and territories are participating in 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 apply for permanent residence in Canada. You must follow the paper application process . This means you don’t apply online using the Express Entry process.

Since you’re applying to this program under 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, we recommend you pay this fee and include a copy of your receipt with your application to avoid delays.

Get your application package for the Provincial Nominee Program

Read the instruction guide (IMM P7000) before you apply, to find out how to complete your application.

The application package includes your document checklist and all of the forms you need to fill out.

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”, since you don’t need to include these in your application.

Do not use the application submission instructions for the PNP application. You can only submit it using the EMPP application instructions.

Get your application package

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 few things you need to do before you can apply for permanent residence in Canada.

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).
  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.

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.

Get your application package for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

First, read the instruction guide (IMM 0118) to find out how to complete your permanent residence application.

The application package includes your document checklist and all of the forms you need to fill out. Your employer and the community that recommends you will also have forms to fill out.

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”, since you don’t need to include these in your application.

Do not use the application submission instructions for the RNIP application. You can only submit it using the EMPP application instructions.

Get your application package

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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