New immigration program helps Atlantic restaurateurs fill job vacancies

Published February 9, 2017

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program will bring in 2,000 newcomers and their families to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island in 2017.

This three-year pilot program was created by the federal and provincial governments to help businesses in Atlantic Canada attract global talent and address resource gaps.


How the program works

Starting this March, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications for permanent residence through this program.

All candidates arriving in Canada under the pilot program will have a job offer from a designated employer and an individualized settlement plan.

As this is an employer-driven program, employers have a significant role to play. This program is open to employees with a NOC code of O, A, B and C, as well as international student graduates.

Once a designated employer finds a suitable candidate that meets the program criteria, he or she will need to make a job offer. Employers don’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under this program.

Once the candidate has accepted the job, the employer will connect the candidate with a designated settlement service provider for a needs assessment and settlement plan.


Need to fill a job vacancy quickly?

Employers that need to fill a job vacancy quickly can get a temporary work permit, so the candidate and his or her family can come to Canada as soon as possible. To obtain this work permit, candidates will need:

  • a valid job offer;
  • a letter from the province; and
  • a commitment to apply for permanent residence within 90 days of the temporary work permit application.


Become a designated employer to participate

Employers that would like to hire skilled immigrants under the pilot program must apply to the province(s) to receive designation. Employers with locations in multiple provinces will require a separate designation for each province. Employers must meet certain requirements, including a commitment to support the newcomer and his or her family as they integrate into their new life in Atlantic Canada.


Candidate requirements

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has two programs for skilled workers – Atlantic High-Skilled Program and Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program. International student graduates fall under the Atlantic International Graduate Program (graduates must have graduated from one of these institutions).

The work experience, education, and job offer required will depend on whether the individual is applying as a worker or as an international student graduate. The other requirements are the same for both.



Useful links and forms

Get more information on the provincial programs and find the applications you need.


Nova Scotia

Employer information

Employer designation application


New Brunswick

Employer information

Guidelines for employer designation

Employer designation application



Employer information

Guidelines for employer designation

Employer designation application


Newfoundland and Labrador

Employer information

Guidelines for employer designation

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Need more information?

Contact Restaurants Canada’s Paul McKay at 1-800- 387-5649 ext. 4225 or


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