Exploring Immigration Options to Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canada is made up of four provinces: Nova Scotia (NS), New Brunswick (NB), Prince Edward Island (PEI) and Newfoundland and Labrador (NL).

According to the most recent Canadian census, “the share of immigrants who settled in Atlantic Canada [nearly] Three times in the last decade and a half. In fact, the percentage of Canadian immigrants who have chosen to call Atlantic Canada home has increased from 1.2% (2006) to 3.5% (2021) over the past 15 years or so.

If you are interested in immigrating to Atlantic Canada, the following outlines some possible immigration routes:

Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) was officially introduced on January 1, 2022.

AIP is an immigration program where foreign nationals with an existing job offer in Atlantic Canada are exempt from receiving a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

“Once the candidate has accepted the job, the employer will connect the candidate with a designated settlement service provider organization for need assessment and development of a settlement plan.”

In addition to providing a starting point for an immigrant’s career in Canada, employers will also “support the long-term integration” of the newcomer and their family into Atlantic Canada. This will help ensure that migrants through AIP can reach their settlement when they reach their new home.

More information on how to apply to immigrate to Canada through the AIP is available here.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Eleven of Canada’s thirteen provinces and territories, except Quebec and Nunavut, operate a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that allows the province/territory to select foreign nationals who meet provincial or territorial labor market needs. can help to do.

These are the programs in the four provinces that make up ‘Atlantic Canada’:

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

NBPNP consists of the following four streams:

Express Entry Stream: For foreign nationals best suited to help meet the province’s specific demographic and labor market needs/goals;

Skilled Worker Stream: Candidates must have a full-time, permanent job offer;

Business Immigration Stream: Applicants to this stream must have plans to own and actively manage a business;

Strategic Initiative Stream: Exclusive to Francophone immigrants, this stream welcomes those who have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the province and wish to reside/work permanently in NB.

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)

There are five streams of NLPNP:

Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker: For foreign skilled workers who have an active Express Entry profile in the federal pool of qualified candidates and an existing job offer;

Skilled Labor Category: for skilled workers with a job offer, including persons with a valid work permit already in NL;

International Graduate Category: a stream for recent graduates holding a post-graduate work permit (PGWP) along with a job offer;

International Entrepreneur Category: Applicants through this section want to start, co-manage or buy a business in NL after having operated the business for at least one year on a work permit in the province;

International Graduate Entrepreneur Category: This stream is reserved for graduates of a post-secondary institution in NL who wish to set up, co-own or run a business.

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

There are nine different pathways involved in NSNP:

Nova Scotia Experience (Express Entry): This stream does not require a job offer, but is reserved for those with active Express Entry profiles in the federal pool of qualified candidates;

Nova Scotia Labor Market Preferences: For those with an active and valid Express Entry profile. In this case, applicants must also have received a letter of interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) on their Express Entry profile;

Nova Scotia Labor Market Preferences for Physicians: In addition to having both an active and valid Express Entry profile and a letter of interest from NSOI, applicants in this stream need to have previously received an “offer of employment from the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Center as a General Practitioner, Family” it occurs. doctor or a specialist doctor.

There are also separate NSNP streams specified for the following six groups of people:

  • skilled workers Aged 21-55 with a valid, full-time and permanent job offer from a provincial employer (more details here)
  • People working in occupations considered highly sought after Throughout the province of Nova Scotia (list of businesses currently eligible for this section)
  • international graduate Work in high-demand occupations throughout Nova Scotia (list of occupations currently eligible for this section)
  • entrepreneurs who is at least 21 years old and “has at least CAD$600,000 in net business and personal assets”
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur: To qualify under this stream, immigrants must have a full-time Nova Scotia post-secondary diploma or degree that is at least two years long and must have lived in NS full-time during their studies.
  • physicians who are either general practitioners, family practitioners or specialist practitioners. To apply through this stream, applicants must meet the requirements for licensure in NS and have a signed Approved Opportunity with the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre.

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)

PEI PNP includes the following three streams:

P P N P Express Entry: For foreign nationals who have a valid Express Entry profile with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC);

Labor Impact Category: includes a separate stream for skilled workers, ‘critical’ workers and international graduates;

Business Impact Category: One stream for foreign nationals wishing to invest in a business located in PEI.

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