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.


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:

Complete mandatory onboarding training and, if required, intercultural competence training

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

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