Atlantic Immigration Program

The Atlantic Immigration Program is a federal immigration program that helps employers recruit skilled foreign workers and international graduates to meet labour needs.

This new employer-driven program builds on the success of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, which closed in 2021. Participants in the pilot program must reapply to use the permanent program.

The Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration has temporarily paused the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) and the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry (NSEEE) stream to NOC 6311 – food service supervisors.

The following are currently not eligible:

  • Under NSEEE, work experience with NOC 6311
  • Under AIP, job offers with NOC 6311

The following remain the same:

  • Candidates using NOC 6311 can apply through the Skilled Worker Stream
  • Businesses working in the food and hospitality sectors will continue to be able to use the Skilled Worker stream to recruit food service supervisors.
  • Employers are also able to recruit food and beverage servers (NOC 6513) and food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) through the Occupations in Demand (OiD) stream.

If you need further assistance, please contact our office for help identifying the best option to recruit food service supervisors.


To participate in the Atlantic Immigration Program, employers must first be approved by being designated and then have their positions endorsed by the Province.

Once the employer’s positions are endorsed, foreign worker(s) identified by the employer can apply directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residency. The foreign worker can also get a temporary work permit while waiting for permanent residency.

How to Apply

Applications for designation and endorsement must be submitted using the online system. Sample application forms below are not an accepted form of submission.

Apply Online


1. Employer Designation

To become designated, an employer must:

Employer Designation Guide
Sample Designation Form

2. Employer Position Endorsement

To have a position endorsed, an employer must:

Employer Endorsement Guide

Sample Endorsement Form

IMM0157E Job Offer Form

Nova Scotia Employer Registration Certificate

3. Foreign Worker Immigration Application

To apply for permanent residency foreign workers must:

Provincial AIP Resources

AIPP – AIP Major Changes

Required Recruitment Activities

Common NSIPG Policies

Designated employers

Contact Information

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

Labour, Skills and Immigration
1469 Brenton Street, 3rd floor
PO Box 1535
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 2Y3

1 (877) 292-9597