Atlantic Immigration Pilot

From the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration:

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a creative approach to addressing our labour market challenges. Starting in March 2017, employers in Nova Scotia will be able to use the Pilot to hire foreign workers.


Employers looking to fill persistent labour gaps through the Pilot must first be approved for eligibility by being designated and then endorsed by the Province.

Once the employer is endorsed, the foreign worker can apply for permanent residency directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Please see:

The foreign worker can also access temporary pathways (i.e., obtain a work permit) while waiting for permanent residency.

  1. To become designated, an employer must:
  • Have a business operating in good standing
  • Provide information on labour needs
  • Commit to working with a service provider organization on settlement and retention
  1. To become endorsed, an employer must:
  • Demonstrate efforts to hire locally have not been successful
  • Recruit a foreign worker
  • Provide a valid, full-time, non-seasonal job offer co-signed with the foreign worker
  • Provide an individualized settlement plan co-signed with the foreign worker

How Employers Apply

  • Contact NSOI’s Employer Support Team
  • Review the Designation and Endorsement Guide
  • Complete the application forms and submit all required information and attachments

Application Form

Employer Designation Form (287K pdf)

Contact Information

Nova Scotia Office of Immigration
1469 Brenton Street, 3rd floor
PO Box 1535, Halifax, NS, Canada, B3J 2Y3

(902) 424-5230
1 (877) 292-9597