Canada's Atlantic Immigration Program

The Atlantic Immigration Program is designed to stimulate economic growth in Canada’s Atlantic provinces by attracting skilled workers. The Atlantic provinces include New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

To qualify for the Atlantic Immigration Program, applicants must have an official job offer. Usually, in order to obtain a Canadian job offer valid for immigration purposes, the applicant must obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This is not required for the Atlantic Immigration Program. Instead, the job offer must be from a designated employer.

The Atlantic Immigration Program started as a pilot program in 2017 and was made permanent at the beginning of 2022. The AIP is responsible for welcoming over 6,000 newcomers to Atlantic provinces each year.

Atlantic Immigration Program Requirements

The Atlantic Immigration Program facilitates immigration through connecting two parties:

  1. Foreign nationals interested in becoming residents of Atlantic Canada
  2. Employers designated by the government to hire foreign nationals

The Atlantic Immigration Program has different requirements for both of these parties.

Foreign National Requirements

Foreign nationals interested in immigrating to either New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island, may do so through the Atlantic Immigration program only if they meet certain requirements. First, the foreign national must have an official job offer from a designated employer. Please refer to each province’s designated employers in the following tables:

Designated Employers - Newfoundland & Labrador


Employer NameLocationDate DesignatedNOCNAIC
WJ Dober Limited o/a Mary BrownsMarystown2022-03-316311, 632272
Verafin Solutions ULCSt. John's2022-04-052174, 228254
Uzor Enterprises Ltd. o/a EvooSt. John's2022-02-166322, 0631, 651372
TG Holdings Ltd. o/a Pizza DelightSt. Anthony2022-03-286322, 651372
Taste East IncSt. John's, Corner Brook2022-04-066322, 6311, 621172
Sunrise Ventures Inc. (Tim Horton’s)Mount Pearl2022-03-246311, 063172
Startastic Ventures IncMount Pearl2022-03-10631172
S&M Park Limited o/a Historic Hotel Corner BrookCorner Brook2022-03-236525, 631272
Ryan’s Ambulance Service Ltd.Clarenville2022-03-15323462
RTS Janitorial Maintenance Inc.Mount Pearl2022-04-05631556
Rowsell’s Petroleum LimitedMarys2022-03-25621144
Reliable Ambulance Service LimitedCorner Brook, Burgeo2022-03-15341362
R&R Coffee Ltd o/a Tim Horton’sGander2022-03-31631172
P.S You Design Ltd. o/a Western Phone and Tablet RepairCorner Brook2022-03-280621, 724681
Mila Foods Inc. o/a Mary Brown’sBlackmarsh Road, Topsail Road, Mount Pearl and Goulds2022-02-236311; 632272
MDH Enterprises Inc o/a Wing’n ItGander2022-03-316311, 632272
Mary Brown’s Inc.Torbay, St. John's, Paradise, Bay Roberts, Carbonear, Gander, Stephenville2022-02-166311, 632272
Grand Enterprises Limited o/a The Gypsy Tea RoomSt. John's2022-02-166322, 0631, 651372
Gander Flight TrainingGander2022-02-16227161
Futurity Limited o/a Tim’s Horton’sSt. John's, Paradise2022-02-246311; 632272
Fewer’s Ambulance Service Ltd.Clarenville2022-03-04323462
Exploits Valley Air Services Ltd.Gander2022-02-162271, 731548-49
Dr. Rehan MalikLabrador City2022-03-28311354
DC Ventures Inc. o/a Mary BrownsPort aux Basques2022-03-236311, 632272
Daleco Ltd. o/a GrecoCorner Brook2022-02-166311, 063172
Daleco Ltd. o/a A&WCorner Brook2022-02-166311, 063172
CJP Investments Limited o/a Little CaesarsCorner Brook2022-03-09631172
CG West Holdings o/a Harvey’sMount Pearl2022-02-216311; 632272
CG Aberdeen Holdings o/a Harvey’sSt. John's2022-02-216311; 632272
Carol Automobile LtdLab2022-04-05732144-45
Bugden Enterprises Limited o/a Mary Brown’sConception Bay South2022-02-246311; 632272
Bishops Gardens Seniors Living LPSt. John's, Corner Brook2022-03-15341362
AG Pike’s Holdings Ltd. o/a Pike’s Home Hardware Building CentreHappy Valley-Goose Bay2022-03-29642144-45
A+ Auto Service Center (2017) Ltd.St. John's2022-02-161241, 732181
85429 Newfoundland and Labrador Corp. o/a Freedom Foods/McDonald’sSt. John's, Mount Pearl2022-02-17631172
81821 Newfoundland & Labrador Ltd. o/a G SalonSt. John's2022-02-166341, 1414, 656281
79726 NL & Lab. Inc. o/a Oram’s Bethesda ManorGander2022-03-31241362
72351 NL & LAB INC o/a Reliable Ambulance ServiceStephenville2022-03-09323462
64354 Newfoundland & Labrador Ltd. o/a Freedom Foods/McDonald’sSt. John's, Mount Pearl2022-02-17631172
13910 NF & Lab Inc. o/a Fewers Ambulance ServiceHolyrood, Conception Bay South2022-03-15323462
Last updated April 13, 2022    

Designated Employers - Nova Scotia

3027059 Nova Scotia Limited o/a Pizza Delight
3067464 Nova Scotia Ltd. o/a Smitty's Family Restaurant
3306132 Nova Scotia LTD o/a Osprey Health Care & Osprey Angels Home Care Services
3327580 Nova Scotia Limited o/a Ultramar
3329529 Nova Scotia Limited o/a The UPS Store 233
3329905 Nova Scotia Limited o/a Subway
4338765 NOVA SCOTIA LIMITED o/a Subway Restaurant
AB Care Healthcare Inc.
Angus G. Food Inc. o/a McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd
BKR Management Inc o/a Burger King
Cabot Links at Inverness LP o/a Cabot Cape Breton
DEB Restaurants Ltd o/a Subway
DJ Duggan Ltd o/a Avisbudget
DW restaurants Amherst Inc o/a Subway restaurant
Elizabeth Dickinson o/a Little River Holistic Therapies
FMI Atlantic o/a KFC
FMI National Inc o/a Pizza Hut
Fulem Holdings Limited o/a MR. LUBE
Fundy Restaurant Ltd. o/a Fundy Complex
Ground Force Property Services Inc. o/a Ground Force
Hanatech Inc.
IDC Restaurants Ltd
Interlude Limited o/a Interlude Spa
Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
Jamco Hospitality Inc o/a Tim Horton's #418, #1236, #1667
JJN Discount Appliances Inc o/a Discount Appliances Inc
La co-operative de Cheticamp Limitee o/a Cheticamp Co-op Ltd
Lewis Mouldings and Wood Specialities Ltd o/a Lewis Mouldings
Louisbourg Seafoods Limited
Marine Thinking
Metro Sub Halifax Limited o/a Subway
Metro Subway Limited o/a Subway
Metro TDM Limited o/a Subway
Modest Tree Media Inc o/a Modest Tree
MWGM Remodeling Inc. o/a Case Design/Remodeling Halifax
Naru Japanese Restaurant (NS) Ltd.
Nautel Limited
Noggins Corner Farm II Ltd
Nova Scotia Health Authority o/a Nova Scotia Health
Nova Scotia Power Inc o/a Nova Scotia Power
Paizano's Pizzeria and Donair
Peace By Chocolate
Precision Concrete Services Ltd
R.I.N. Hospitality Investments Limited o/a Inn on The Lake
RCR Hospitality Group Ltd
Scotia Structures Inc. o/a Archadeck of Nova Scotia
Synthesis Design Build
Treit Holdings 22 Inc o/a Cambridge Suites Hotel
Tri-Star Industries Limited
Last updated April 13, 2022

Designated Employers - Prince Edward Iceland

Current as of November 2nd, 2021
10019038 Canada Ltd.
100556 PEI Inc
100716 PEI Inc.
101144 PEI Inc.
101407 PEI. INC - Dino's Pizza Summerside
10141186 Canada Inc. - Kensington Greco
101796 PEI Inc. (Paul's Flowers)
101865 P.E.I. Inc. o/a Island Stone Pub
102216 PEI Inc. o/a Alexandra's Pizza
1055084 Alberta Ltd.(A&S Scrap Metals)
150 One Salon
7035233 Canada Inc.
A & R Adventures Inc.
A.E. MacPhee Company LTD o/a Main Street Home Hardware Building Centre
A-1 Building Cleaning LTD.
Abegweit Driving School Ltd.
Advantage Communications Inc.
Agafran Holdings Inc.
AgraWest Investments Ltd.
All Kids Learning Center Inc.
Allan Equipment Manufacturing Ltd.
Anchor Refrigeration
Andrews of Charlottetown Inc.:101888 PEI Inc.
Andrews of Park West Inc.
Andrews of Stratford Inc.
Andrews of Summerside Inc.
Anne in China INC
A-OK Gardens
Armadillo Metal Roofing Systems Inc.
Asian First Sauce Inc.
Aspin Kemp & Associates Inc.
Atlantech Companies
Atlantic Aqua Farms Ltd.
Atlantic Beef Products Inc.
Atlantic Deck Systems Ltd.
Atlantic Grown Organics Inc.
Atlas Structural Systems Limited
Auburn Acres
Ayoub Holdings: Dino's Pizza
Azim Enterprises Inc.
B. Doyle Holdings
Bayshore Home Health
Beach Point Processing Company
Belgo Transport Inc.
Bernard's Welding Ltd.
Big Diesel Transport
Binary Star
BioVectra Inc.
Bishop's Rest Ltd.
BJs Truck Parts Inc.
BKR Management Inc. Burger King
Bluefield Acres
Bohemian Findings
Bonafide Investment Group Inc.
Bridgeview Acres Inc.
Brooklyn Holdings Inc.
Bulk Carriers (PEI) Ltd.
Canada Kinetic Intelligent Inc.
Canada-Ask Immigration & Investment Services Inc.
Canada's Island Garden Inc.
Cardigan Feed Services Ltd.
Carrefour de l'Isle Saint-Jean
Carruthers' Farms Ltd.
Casa Mia Inc.
Cavendish Agri Services Limited
Cavendish Farms Corporation
Cedar Food (2010) Ltd., Cedar's Eatery
Centennial Auto Body Ltd.
Centre Éducatif Pomme & Rinette Inc.
Century 21 Northumberland
Chapman Bros. Construction Ltd.
Charlottetown Fresh Casual Restaurants, Inc.: Swiss Chalet
Charlottetown Metal Products Ltd.
City of Charlottetown
City of Summerside
Claddagh Holdings Inc.
Coast Tire & Auto Service Ltd.
Cocoon Inc.
CoffeNUT Hospitality Inc.
Coles Associates Ltd.
Combat Computers Inc.
Commission Scolaire de Langue Francaise
Compass Group Ltd. (Chartwells UPEI)
Complete Fusion Welding Ltd.
Country Garden Florists Ltd.
D & E Pork Inc.
Daily Naturopathic Centre Inc.
Delta Foods Inc.
DH Real Estate
Dianne Bell Inc.
Domino's - 101996 PEI Inc.
Domino's - Ritchie Foods Inc.
Domino's (101487 PEI Inc.)
Don Carlos Mink Farm Inc.
Doucette's Boat Building
DP Murphy Inc.
Dr. John M Gillis Lodge Selkirk Enterprises
Dr. Robyn Ramsay Dentistry Inc.
DRM Company Ltd. (Dairy Queen) 100 entries
Duca Trans Inc.
Dynasty Restaurant Inc.
Dyne Holdings Limited
Earthform Corporation
East Point Potato
Eastern Fabricators Inc.
Elanco Canada Limited
Essential Time Inc.
Extondale Farms Ltd.
Federation of Prince Edward Island Municipalities Inc.
Feetopia Health Co. Ltd.
Flooring Canada: 101626 PEI INC.
FMI Atlantic Inc. - KFC
FR Enterprises Inc. (Sam's Family Restaurant Cornwall)
G. E. Silliker & Sons Ltd.
Garden Home Inc.
Garden Isle Farms Ltd.
Garden of the Gulf and Court Motel Inc.
GD Construction: 101367 PEI Inc
Golden Sunshine Global Ltd.
Golden Touch Accounting Services
Good Neighbor Trading Inc.
Grain Essence Garden Inc.
Grand Cloud Inc.
Grand Unity Investment Company Ltd.
Greenisle Environmental
Griffin Service Centre Inc.
Groom Foods Inc. Brothers 2 Restaurant
H.F Stewart & Sons Co., Ltd.
Halibut PEI Inc.
Health PEI
Heritage Lane Mini Barns Inc.
HGS Canada Inc.
Himalayan Indian Cuisine (7332122 Canada Ltd.)
Hopyard Beer Bar Inc.
Howardvale Holsteins
Howmac Farms Ltd.
HueGO Electric Limited
Hutt Brothers Ltd.
i2t2 (9545832 Canada Inc.)
Indian River Farms
Infinite Expressions
Invesco Enterprise Services
IO Solutions Call Center Inc.
Island Abbey Food Science Ltd.
Island painting & Decorative Services Ltd.
Island Retail Group Limited
Island Solar Transit System Inc.
Island Taylored Meats Inc.
Islandsand Holdings Inc. -Subway
J&C Ventures
Jamieson Electric & Refrigeration Ltd.
Jeff Keough Professional Corp
Jialin Diana's Beauty Salon Inc.
JMK Fish Mart Inc
John Lecky & Company Inc.
Joloway Ltd.
Kate the Spice Lady
Kenny Richards Plumbing & Heating Inc.
KEW Holdings Inc.
Kildare Fisheries Ltd.
King of Clubs Inc.
Kings BBQ Chinese Food
King's County Pork, Inc.
Kinkora Holdings
La Coopérative Le Chez-Nous Ltée
Label Construction Ltd.
Le Comité Acadien et Francophone de l'Est Ltée
Le Jardin des Étoiles
Leaps and Bounds Childcare Centre Inc.
Le-ong Company Ltd.
Leonhard's Inc.
Linkletter's Welding Ltd.
Little Tree Inc.: o/a King Wok Restaurant
Livingston Steel Inc.
Lotus Garden Restaurant
MarineNav Ltd.
M&D Construction Inc.
M&M Funiture LTD.
M.F. Schurman Ltd.
MacDougall Steel Erectors, Inc.
MacLeod Group Health Services PEI Limited
MacPhee Custom Marine Inc.
Mad Wok
Maid Marian's Diner - 102157 PEI Inc
Mallard Painting
Mango Fresh Market, Inc.
Maple Isle Homes PEI Inc.
Maritime Hairwaves Inc.
Maritime Industrial Services, Ltd.
Maritime Pet Foods
Maritime Precast Products (2011) Ltd.
Martin's Machine Shop Inc.
Mary's Cornwall Bakery
Mason's Auctionary & International Trade, Ltd.
Maximus Canada Services Inc.
McCardle Bros.
Mellish Enterprises Inc.
Minh Wang Family Restaurant
Morley Annear Ltd.
Morrison's Truck Salvage Ltd.
Most Wanted PEI Inc
Mr. Sushi Japanese and Korean Restaurant
MSM Restaurants - McDonald's
Murphy Investments, Inc.
Murphy's Pharmacies Inc.
Murray Transport Ltd.
National Port Security Services Inc.
Neuron Communications Inc.
Nobra Holsteins
North Lake Fisheries (2013) Inc.
Notre Dame Take Out
Noye and Noye Limited
Ocean Heart Investment Inc.
O'Halloran Property Management Inc.
Options Financial Inc.
Outer Limit Sports Inc.
Outriders Cookhouse
P.E.I. Mussel King (1994) Inc.
P1460 - 10713490 Canada Limited - Hojo's Japanese Cuisine
Parker Developments & Arnold's Post Hole Digging: 101670 PEI Inc
Paul Davis Restoration PEI
Pauley Ventures Inc
Peace Travel Company Ltd.
PEI Atlantic Baptist Homes Inc.
PEI Bag Company
PEI Junior Badminton Training Centre
PEI Mussel Farms INC
PEI Ocean View Resort, Inc.
PEI Photo Lab
Perrin's Marina Villa
Perry Niessen Studios Inc.o/a Island Stoneware
Phinley's Diner & Dairy Bar
PJ Atlantic Restaurants (Charlottetown) LTD - Papa John's
Policy Intel
Pollard's Roofing Inc.
Pondsedge Farms Inc.
Port Hill Farm Inc.
Power Line Pork Inc.
Prince Edward Aqua Farms Inc.
Prince Edward Island Sea Salt Co.
Prince Freight Lines Inc.
Princess Nails
Protestant Old Ladies Homes
Pure Pork Farms Ltd.
Purity Dairy Ltd.
Randy's Pizza
Rashed Enterprises Ltd.
Raspberry Point Oyster Co. Inc.
Ratelle & Associates Ltd.
Real Potatoes Ltd.
Reliable Motors Ltd.
Results Marketing PEI Inc.
Richards' Roofing
Richburg Redwater Limited Partnership
Ridgeline Construction Ltd
Robert's Holdings, Inc.
Rodd Management, Ltd.
Romy's Hair Studio
Royal LePage Prince Edward Realty
Royal Star Foods Ltd.
RWL Holdings Ltd.: PEI Potato Solutions
SableARC Studios
Scott Dickieson Law Office
Seafood 2000 Ltd.
Seafood Express (PEI) Ltd.
Seaside Fun Foods Incorporated
Seoul Food Canadian & Korean Restaurant
Seoul Food CNK Corp.
Service Master PEI
Sherwood Auto Haus Ltd.
Simmons Drainage & Supply Ltd.
Smith Farm
Smith Farms Ltd.
Somru Bioscience Inc.
South Shore Seafoods, Ltd.
Sporting Intentions (2007) Ltd.
Spring Valley Building Centre Ltd.
SQF Team Inc.: Dutch Inn
Steady Enter Inc.
Stepscan Technologies Inc.
Steven Brown
Stratford Pizza Corner Ltd.
Studio-Brehaut Architecture Ltd.
Study Abroad Canada Inc.
Summerside Seafood Supreme Inc.
Sunrise Innovative Enterprises Ltd.
T & J Construction, Ltd.
Ta-ke Sushi: 101775 PEI Inc
Taste of India
Tethy's Aquaculture Canada, INC o/a Center for Aquaculture Technologies
The Mount Academy
The Mount Continuing Care Community
The Noodle House Limited
The Old Triangle Alehouse PEI Inc.
The Spice Store
The Techie INC
The United Way of Prince Edward Island
Thermotech Industries Inc.
Thinking Big Information Technology Inc.
Thomas-Martin Group Inc.
Timeless Medical Systems
Timeless Veterinary Systems Inc.
Tiny Acres Holsteins
Top Dog Manufacturing
Trius Transit 2007 Inc
Trout River Industries
Valley House Holdings Ltd.
Vector Aerospace Engine Services - Atlantic Inc. o/a StandardAero
Victory Stone
Vos & Sons Ltd.
West Highland Contractors Ltd.
Whisperwood Villa
Wintrust International
Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island
Worklinks Canada Inc.
Z&C Flourish International Ltd.
Zi Yan Ltd.

Designated Employer - New Burnswick

Last updated: November 1st, 2021
3D Property Management
670807 NB Inc (Dépaneur Needs Caraquet & Shippagan)
693666 NB Inc.
A & J Hanna Construction Ltd (Fredericton)
A&W Miramichi (630883 NB Inc)
A.C. Sharkey's Pub & Grill (Florenceville-Bristol)
A.N.D. Communications
A.R.Rietzel Landscaping Ltd
Acadia Pizza Donair / Korean Restaurant (Dieppe)
Acadia Veterinary Hospital

Second, the foreign national must meet the eligibility requirements. These requirements vary depending on whether the candidate has completed qualifying post-secondary education in Atlantic Canada.

Work Experience Requirements

Candidates must have at least one year of paid, full-time work experience in the past five years. You may count hours worked abroad, or inside Canada on valid status. The work experience must be in National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A, B, or C.

International Graduate Requirements

Candidates that qualify as eligible international graduates do not need to meet the work experience requirements. In order to meet the requirements of an international graduate, candidates must:

      • Hold a minimum two-year degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship certificate; from a recognized post-secondary institution in one of the Atlantic provinces;
      • Have been a full-time student for the entirety of their studies;
      • Have lived in one of the Atlantic provinces for at least 16 months during the last two years before graduating;
      • Have held the required study permit, and if required, work permit, during their studies in Canada
Recognized Post-Secondary Institutions

Institution Province
Acadia University Nova Scotia
Atlantic School of Theology Nova Scotia
Cape Breton University Nova Scotia
Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick New Brunswick
Collège de l'Île Prince Edward Island
College of the North Atlantic Newfoundland and Labrador
Dalhousie University Nova Scotia
Holland College Prince Edward Island
Maritime College of Forest Technology New Brunswick
Memorial University of Newfoundland Newfoundland and Labrador
Mount Allison University New Brunswick
Mount Saint Vincent University Nova Scotia
New Brunswick College of Craft and Design New Brunswick
New Brunswick Community College New Brunswick
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Community College Nova Scotia
Saint Francis Xavier University Nova Scotia
Saint Mary’s University Nova Scotia
Saint Thomas University New Brunswick
Université Sainte-Anne Nova Scotia
Université de Moncton New Brunswick
University of King’s College Nova Scotia
University of New Brunswick New Brunswick
University of Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island

Educational Requirements

Educational requirements will vary depending on the occupational skill type of the job offer. Please see the chart below for educational requirements by skill type:
Skill Type Minimum Education
0 Minimum 1-year post-secondary credential (Canadian or equivalent
A Minimum 1-year post-secondary credential (Canadian or equivalent
B Minimum high school diploma (Canadian or equivalent)
C Minimum high school diploma (Canadian or equivalent)

If your education was completed outside of Canada, you must provide an Educational Credential Assessment.

Language Requirements

The minimum required Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level also depends on the skill type of the job offer. Please see the chart below for language requirements by skill type:
Skill type CLB level
0 5
A 5
B 5
C 4

Proof of Funds

Candidates must also be able to demonstrate sufficient funds to support themselves and their families when settling in Canada.

Designated Employer Requirements

Employers interested in participating in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program must apply to become designated employers. As a designated employer, a business will have the ability to hire foreign nationals without obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Designated employers are required to assist employees hired through the pilot with settlement in their province of residence.

Employer Designation

The Atlantic Immigration Program is designed to stimula

In order to hire foreign nationals through the Atlantic Immigration Program, first an employer must apply to be officially designated. In order to become designated, the employer may apply directly to the province where the business for which they want to hire foreign nationals is located. The employer will have to demonstrate that they are in good standing with any provincial regulatory bodies. They will also have to submit a description of their labour needs, including their reason for hiring international workers.

Finally, designated employers must demonstrate that they can provide settlement support to the workers they hire through the Atlantic Immigration Program. In order to obtain applications to become a designated employer, businesses can consult the immigration webpages of the Atlantic provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

te economic growth in Canada’s Atlantic provinces by attracting skilled workers. The Atlantic provinces include New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

To qualify for the Atlantic Immigration Program, applicants must have an official job offer. Usually, in order to obtain a Canadian job offer valid for immigration purposes, the applicant must obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This is not required for the Atlantic Immigration Program. Instead, the job offer must be from a designated employer.

The Atlantic Immigration Program started as a pilot program in 2017 and was made permanent at the beginning of 2022. The AIP is responsible for welcoming over 6,000 newcomers to Atlantic provinces each year.

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