ATLANTIC IMMIGRATION PILOT PROGRAM
Atlantic Canada is a unique part of the country with its own distinct vibe and way of doing things. Here, the people are more relaxed, things move a little slower and there’s certainly not a lot of rush hour, even in the urban centres. To welcome immigrants to this eastern part of Canada, the Atlantic provinces have created three special pilot programs to encourage the types of workers needed in the area to promote growth and economic advancement for the four Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.
These provinces have relied most heavily on natural resources in the past but in-demand jobs include those in services, health, sciences, IT, tourism and finance among others. These are the types of jobs that will give Atlantic Canada a greater economic base to draw upon.
The Atlantic immigration pilot program is designed for intermediate and high-skilled workers as well as those who have graduated from a minimum two-year program from a recognized, publicly funded institution in any of the Atlantic Provinces. Those applying to any programs within the Atlantic Immigration pilot program have to meet the language requirements:
- Recently (within the last two years) met the Canadian Language Benchmark of at least level 4 in listening, speaking, reading and writing in either English or French
- Language results must be from a designated institution approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Applicants must also prove sufficient funds to support themselves and their families after arriving in Canada. This is not necessary if the applicant is already working in Canada with a valid work permit.