Atlantic Pilot Program

The pilot helps employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada and international graduates who want to stay in Atlantic Canada after they graduate.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot helps employers hire qualified candidates for jobs employers haven’t been able to fill locally. These candidates can be overseas or living in Canada temporarily.

There are 3 programs you can use to hire someone:
Atlantic International Graduate Program
Atlantic High-skilled Program
Atlantic Intermediate-skilled Program

Each program has requirements that employer and the candidate must meet. Before employer make a job offer, employer must be designated by the provincial government of the Atlantic province where the candidate will be working.
Once the employer make a job offer, employer and the candidate will work through several steps. If employer and the candidate meet all the requirements, the candidate gets permanent resident status in Canada.

Pilot requirements

There are 3 programs in the pilot that employers can hire you through. You may qualify for more than 1 program, but you can only apply through 1.
For all 3 programs, you have to show proof that you meet the language, education and work experience requirements and that you have enough money to support you and your family when you come to Canada.

Atlantic International Graduate Program
In general, you must:

  • have a degree, diploma or other credential from a publicly funded institution in an Atlantic province
  • have lived in an Atlantic province for at least 16 months in the 2 years before getting your degree, diploma or credential
  • take a language test to show you can communicate in English or French show you can support yourself and your family when you come to Canada

Work experience is not required for international graduates hired through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
The employer must also meet certain requirements.
Read the full requirements for the Atlantic International Graduate Program

Atlantic High-Skilled Program
In general, you must:

  • have worked in a management, professional or technical/skilled job for at least a year
  • have at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent education
  • take a language test to show you can communicate in English or French
  • show you can support yourself and your family when you come to Canada

The employer must also meet certain requirements.
Read the full requirements for the Atlantic High-Skilled Program

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
In general, you must:

  • have worked in a job that requires a high school education and/or job-specific training for at least a year
  • have at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent education
  • take a language test to show you can communicate in English or French
  • show you can support yourself and your family when you come to Canada

The employer must also meet certain requirements.
Read the full requirements for the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program