Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a creative approach to addressing our labour market challenges.

Starting in March 2017, employers in Nova Scotia will be able to use the Pilot to hire foreign workers.

To learn more about the Pilot, please contact our Employer Support Team. We’re here to help.


Employers looking to fill labour gaps through the Pilot must first be approved for eligibility by being designated and then have their positions endorsed by the Province.

Once the employer’s positions are endorsed, candidate(s) identified by the employer can apply for permanent residency directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The foreign worker can also access temporary pathways (i.e., obtain a work permit) while waiting for permanent residency.

  1. To become designated, an employer must:
  1. To become endorsed, an employer must:

How Employers Apply

Application Guides and Forms

Employer Designation Guide (387K pdf)
Employer Designation Form (387K pdf)
Guidelines for Endorsement (379K pdf)
Endorsement Application (539K pdf)
Offer of Employment (838K pdf)
Required Recruitment Activities ( 188K pdf)

Contact Information

Nova Scotia Office of Immigration
1469 Brenton Street, 3rd floor
PO Box 1535
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 2Y3

(902) 424-5230
1 (877) 292-9597