ATLANTIC IMMIGRATION

A Welcoming maritime culture in Atlantic Canada is calling

ATLANTIC IMMIGRATION PILOT PROGRAM

A Welcoming maritime culture in Atlantic Canada is calling

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.

ATLANTIC INTERMEDIATE SKILLED PROGRAM

The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program requires the following:

  • At least one year of work experience (for a total of at least 1,560 hours) in an occupation at skill level C within the last three years.
  • Job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada that is:
      • Full-time (at least 30 hours per week).
      • Permanent
      • Under skill type 0, A, B, or C.
      • Supported by a provincial certificate of endorsement from the province that indicates that the job offer is genuine and that a needs assessment has been completed and a settlement plan is in place for the applicant and each member of the family.
  • Education Requirements:
    • A Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.
      OR
      A foreign secondary or post- secondary certificate, diploma or degree with an educational credential assessment (ECA) report from an IRCC approved agency which shows that the foreign education credential is equal to Canadian educational standards.
  • The ECA must be less than five years old on the date of application.

ATLANTIC HIGH SKILLED PROGRAM

The Atlantic High-Skilled Program requires the following:

  • At least one year of work experience (for a total of at least 1,560 hours) in occupation at skill level 0, A or B within the last three years.
  • Job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada that is:
    • Full-time (at least 30 hours per week).
    • For at least one year from the date permanent residence is granted.
    • Under skill type/level 0, A, or B.
    • Supported by a provincial certificate of endorsement from the province that indicates that the job offer is genuine and that a needs assessment has been completed and a settlement plan is in place for the applicant and each member of the family.
  • Education Requirements:
  • A Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.
    OR
    A foreign secondary or post- secondary certificate, diploma or degree with an educational credential assessment (ECA) report from an IRCC approved agency which shows that the foreign education credential is equal to Canadian educational standards.
  •    The ECA must be less than five years old on the date of application.

ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE PROGRAM

The Atlantic International Graduate Program requires the following:

  • At least one year of work experience (for a total of at least 1,560 hours) in occupation at skill level 0, A or B within the last three years.
  • Job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada that is:
      • Full-time (at least 30 hours per week).
      • Permanent
      • Under skill type 0, A, B, or C.
      • Supported by a provincial certificate of endorsement from the province that indicates that the job offer is genuine and that a needs assessment has been completed and a settlement plan is in place for the applicant and each member of the family.
  • Education Requirements:
    • A minimum 2 year degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship credential from a recognized publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province.
    • Has been a full-time student in Canada for at least two years.
    • Graduated in the last 12 months before applying for permanent residence.
    • Lived in one of the Atlantic provinces for at least 16 months in the last 2 years before graduating.
    • Had the visa or permit needed to work, study or train in Canada.
  • The ECA must be less than five years old on the date of application.