This program was launched by the Canadian Federal Government in collaboration with the Atlantic Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador) in 2017, for the purpose of supporting the labour market needs by helping employers in these provinces to find employees for positions that they weren’t able to fill locally in Canada, this program is considered a part of Canada’s Atlantic growth strategy which was launched in the year 2016 to create jobs, strengthening local communities, and growing innovative companies in the Atlantic Region.
This program is employer-driven, which means that all applicants through the different categories must have a job offer from a designated employer in the Atlantic region, applicants under this program can either be a recent graduate of a publicly funded institution in Atlantic Canada or skilled workers who meet the requirements of the program.
This program has 3 categories, and each category has its own requirements with reference to the education, experience and language requirements.
- Atlantic International Graduate Program: This category allows foreign nationals who graduated from a publically-funded institution in the Atlantic region to apply for the permanent residency in Canada, work is experience is not required for international graduates.
- Atlantic High-Skilled Program: This category allows foreign nationals who a minimum of 1-year experience in management, professional or technical skilled jobs to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
- Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program: This category is designed for applicants who have experience in jobs that requires secondary school education or specific training such as industrial butchers, and truck drivers.
After choosing the suitable pathway, applicants must obtain an offer of employment from a government-designated employer, this offer must be endorsed and approved from the province you’re applying for and accordingly receive the certificate of endorsement from that province, afterwards applicants are required to apply for the permanent residency application by providing the required documentation according to the guidelines of program they’re applying for, and they must submit their applications to the designated Intake office after meeting the permanent residency health and security requirements, where their applications will be processed within 6 months. Approved applicants will be granted the Permanent Residency of Canada.