Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot let’s employers who are unable to find Canadian employees support an foreign individual and their family’s  immigration to Canada by offering them full time employment.   More information about the project can be found here

The steps to this process are:

1) Designatation
2) Endorsement
3) Immigration application


  • Employer advertises a job but can’t find Canadians to fill it
  • Employer finds a settlement service provider to help them
  • Employer applies to be designated
  • Once accepted the Employer recruits an individual and offers them a job


  • The recruited individual contacts the settlement service provider and a needs assessment is done
  • The settlement service provider gives a needs assessment to the recruit and the employer
  • The Employer applies to the province to be endorsed.
  • The province approves the endorsement and sends the recruit an endorsement letter

Immigration Application

  • The recruit completes and application for permanent residence
  • IRCC processes the application.  The average processing time is 6 months or less.
  • The application is approved and the family moves to Canada
  • The Employer follows the support plan provided by the settlement support organization


Q: How long does it take an employer to be designated?
A: The province tries to process an application in 2 – 3 weeks, however, it may take longer based on the number of applications recieved

Q: What are the advertising requirements?
A:  The advertising requirements are explained in great detail here.   They are very specific so it is import to read them before posting ads.

Q: Do I have to wait 6 months for the application to be processed before the recruit can start working?
A:  If the recruit has a valid work permit and is authorized to work for your company the can work while waiting for their application to process.  If the recruit doesn’t have a work permit it may be possible to apply for one  after the recruit is endorsed.  You will need to indicate to the province that you wish for the recruit to begin work as soon as possible and pay a small fee.

Q: I am a recruit.  Is there anything I can be doing while I am waiting to be endorsed?
A: While waiting to be endorsed it would be wise for you to being preparing their permanent residence application to avoid delays.

Q: As an employer why is this program better for me then an LMIA (previously called a LMO)?
A: LMIA’s have a non-refundable application fee of $1000 and a high rejection rate.  If the wage for the recruit being hired is less then the provincial mean the employer is also responsible for the recruit’s return airfare.  In contrast the province wants the AIP program to be a success and will work with you to meet your staffing needs.

Q: Is there restrictions on who I can hire?
A:  Yes.  The recruit must be able to perform the job they are hired to do.  This means they may need to be licensed or be eligible to be licensed.   There is a work experience, language and requirement the recruit must meet to qualify for the program.

Q: Is there restrictions on the position that can be offered?
A: Yes.  The position must be classified as NOC C or above.

Q: Is there a cap on the number of people that can come through the program?
A: Yes.  Every year the provinces can endorse a total of 2000 individuals and their families.  The cap restarts at the beginning of each year.

Q: What if I have more question?
A: If you can any questions you can call us at 1-902-844-2647 or email use at