Atlantic Immigration Program


The Atlantic Immigration Program aims to foster economic growth within the Atlantic provinces of Canada (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island) by attracting skilled workers.

The Atlantic Immigration Program is a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates from Canadian institutions who wish to work and live in one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces. In addition to giving qualified candidates a chance to obtain permanent residence, this program also helps employers hire qualified candidates for jobs they cannot fill by Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Employers do not need a Labour Market Impact Assessment to hire through the AIP; instead, they must meet requirements to become designated to make job offers.

Requirements for AIP:

  • Work Experience

Candidates must have at least 1,560 hours (30 hours per week) for one year in the last five years. This work experience must be under National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEER 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4.

  • Education
  • Candidates who had a job offer in;

NOC TEER 0 or 1 must have at least a Canadian one-year post-secondary educational credential or equivalent from outside Canada.

NOC TEER 2, 3 or 4 must have a Canadian high school diploma or the equivalent from outside Canada.

  • Language
  • for TEER 0,1,2, or 3 Level 5 in English or French
  • for TEER 4 Level 4 in English or French
  • International Graduates

Candidates do not need to meet the work experience requirements IF they are international graduates who graduated from one of these four Atlantic provinces and got the degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship certification requiring at least two years of studies, was a full-time student for the entire time they were studying and lived in one of the four provinces for at least 16 months.

  • Settlement Funds

Candidates need enough money to support themselves and their families in Canada and dependents who are not immigrating. The amount they need depends on the size of their family.


Number of family members (including those supported by the applicant, even if they are not included on the application)

Funds required













7 or more


Each additional family member


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