Atlantic Immigration Program

It is an employer-led program that aims to bring candidates to the region to fill positions for which Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not available.

To hire through the AIP, employers do not need a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Instead, they must meet requirements to become designated to make job offers.

Candidate Requirements

1. Work Experience

In the last five years, candidates must have worked at least 1,560 hours, equivalent to 30 hours per week for one year, in an occupation under National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEER 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4.

2. International Graduates

Candidates do not need to meet the work experience requirements if they are an international graduate who:

  • has a degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship certification requiring at least two years of studies in a recognized institution in one of the four Atlantic provinces.
  • was a full-time student for the entire time they were studying.
  • lived in one of the four provinces for at least 16 months.

3. Education

  • Candidates with a job offer in NOC TEER 0 or 1 must have at least a Canadian one-year post-secondary educational credential or equivalent from outside Canada.
  • Candidates with a job offer in NOC TEER 2, 3 or 4 must have a Canadian high school diploma or the equivalent from outside Canada.

4. Language

  • Level 5 in English or French for TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3
  • Level 4 in English or French for TEER 4

5. Settlement Funds

Candidates need to have enough money to support themselves and their family when they get to Canada. The amount they need depends on the size of their family, including dependents who are not immigrating.

Number of family members

Funds required















If more than 7 people, for each additional family member


Optional Temporary Work Permit

Certain candidates can apply for a temporary work permit before sending their permanent resident application. This allows them to start work while their application for permanent residence is processed.

Settlement Plan

Candidates through all three Atlantic Immigration Program programs require a Settlement Plan after receiving an offer of employment.

The Settlement Plan is designed to help you settle in Canada by highlighting resources specific to you and your family’s needs. You will also find where you can go to the community to get help.

Candidates make the Settlement Plan with a settlement service provider, available both inside and outside Canada.

Provincial Endorsement

Each job offer made through the Atlantic Immigration Program requires provincial endorsement.

The application for endorsement is handled by the employer after the candidate has their Settlement Plan.

Candidates should not submit a permanent residence application until they receive a Certificate of Endorsement. This should be submitted with the application.