Atlantic Immigration Program: Employer Designation

Last updated: 17 December 2021

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Employers in Atlantic Canada who wish to hire foreign talent through the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) must first receive employer designation.

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Overview

The AIP allows eligible skilled workers, intermediate level workers, and international graduates to become permanent residents of Canada and immigrate to one of the Atlantic provinces, namely Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

All programs under the AIP are employer-driven, meaning that applicants require a job offer in order to satisfy the criteria. As such, local employers play a big role in the process.

There is no Labour Market Impact Assessment process under the AIP. However, employers must still follow a few steps in order to hire through this program.

Under the AIP, employers also work with settlement service provider organizations in their province. This will help newcomers settle and integrate in Canada.

    In all cases, the employer must send the job offer, the settlement plan for each adult family member, and an endorsement application to the province for review. If the province approves the application, they will send the applicant/candidate an endorsement letter. This letter must be included with the immigration application. 

    Nova Scotia AIP Employer Requirements

    Employers in Nova Scotia looking to fill persistent labour gaps through the AIP must first be approved for eligibility by being designated and then endorsed by the province.

    To become designated, an employer must:

    • Have a business operating in good standing;
    • Provide information on labour needs; and
    • Commit to working with a service provider organization on settlement and retention

    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; and
    • Provide an individualized settlement plan co-signed with the foreign worker.

    Employers must also work with a settlement service provider in the province. See below for a list of currently available providers.

    The following providers are recognized by IRCC for the purposes of providing settlement services to newcomers arriving under the AIP.

    Organization
    Address
    Email
    Phone
    African Diaspora Association of the Maritimes
    3200 Kempt Road, Suite 202
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    B3K 4X1
    information@adamns.ca
    902-404-3670
    Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre
    204 Kirk Place, 219 Main St.
    Antigonish, Nova Scotia
    B2G 2C1
    info@awrcsasa.ca
    902-863-6221
    Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse
    54 Queen St.
    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
    fane@federationacadienne.ca
    902-433-0065
    Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia
    6960 Mumford Road, Suite 2120 (second floor)
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    info@isans.ca
    902-423-3607
    New Dawn Enterprises
    106 Townsend St.
    Sydney, Nova Scotia
    B1P 5E1
    newdawn@newdawn.ca
    902-539-9560
    YMCA of Greater Halifax / Dartmouth
    65 Main Avenue
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    B3M 1A4
    yis@ymca.ca
    902-457-9622

    New Brunswick AIP Employer Requirements

    Employers in New Brunswick interested in participating in the AIP must meet the following designation criteria:

    • The employer wants to hire full-time, non-seasonal international candidates;
    • The employer and their business are well-established and in good standing; and
    • The employer is committed to meet the settlement needs of international candidate(s) and accompanying family members.

    The following providers are recognized by IRCC for the purposes of providing settlement services to newcomers arriving under the AIP.

    Organization
    Address
    Email
    Phone
    Association Multiculturelle du Restigouche
    95 Roseberry St.
    Campbellton, New Brunswick
    E3N 3G1
    Info.amr-rma@nb.aibn.com
    506-789-7747
    Centre de ressources pour nouveaux arrivants au Nord-Ouest Inc.
    167 Boulevard Hébert,
    Edmundston, New Brunswick
    E3V 4H2
    info@crna.ca
    506-735-0604
    Comité d’accueil, d’intégration et d’établissement des nouveaux arrivants de la Péninsule acadienne
    22 Boulevard St-Pierre Est
    Caraquet, New Brunswick
    E1W 1B6
    coor.caiena-pa@bellaliant.com
    506-727-0185
    Comité d’accueil, d’intégration et d’établissement des nouveaux arrivants de la Péninsule acadienne
    22 Boulevard St-Pierre Est
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    info@isans.ca
    902-423-3607
    Le Centre d'accueil et d'accompagnement francophone des immigrants du Sud-Est du Nouveau-Brunswick inc.
    154 Queen St.
    Moncton, New Brunswick
    info@cafi-nb.org
    506-382-7494
    Multicultural Association Chaleur Region Inc.
    645 Murray Avenue, Suite 1
    Bathurst, New Brunswick
    E2A 1T9
    info@macr-amrc.ca
    506-547-7651
    Multicultural Association of Carleton County Inc.
    330 Centreville Road, Unit 4
    Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick
    E7M 2H3
    staff@maccnb.ca
    506-392-6011
    Multicultural Association of Charlotte County
    37 Main Street
    St George, New Brunswick
    E5C 3H9
    info@ccmanb.com
    506-755-9295
    Multicultural Association of Fredericton
    28 Saunders St.
    Fredericton, New Brunswick
    E3B 1N1
    mmcaf@mcaf.nb.ca
    506-454-8292
    Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area
    22 Church St., Suite C170
    Moncton, New Brunswick
    EIC 0P7
    info@magma-amgm.org
    506-858-9659
    Saint John Multicultural & Newcomer Resource Centre Inc.
    165 Union St., 4th floor
    Saint John, New Brunswick
    E2L 5C7
    info@sjmnrc.ca
    506-642-4242
    YMCA of Greater Saint John
    191 Churchill Boulevard
    Saint John, New Brunswick
    E2L 5C7
    newcomerconnections@saintjohnY.com
    506-634-4860

    Prince Edward Island AIP Employer Requirements

    Employers in PEI interested in participating in the AIP must meet the following designation criteria.

    The employer must:

    • Want to hire full-time, non-seasonal international candidates;
    • Be in good standing with provincial and federal standards and legislation;
    • Demonstrate preparedness to receive and meet the settlement needs of international candidate(s) and accompanying family members, and agree to do so; and
    • Understand and agree to the reporting requirements for the program.

    The Employer Designation Application Form must be completed before you can apply for endorsement of a foreign national under the Atlantic Immigration Program. Designated employers are eligible to apply for endorsement of a foreign national they wish to hire.

    The following providers are recognized by IRCC for the purposes of providing settlement services to newcomers arriving under the AIP.

    Organization
    Address
    Email
    Phone
    La Coopérative d'intégration francophone de l'Ile-du-Prince-Édouard
    5 Maris Stella Avenue,
    Summerside, Prince Edward Island
    B3K 4X1
    info@cifipe.ca
    902-888-1687
    PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada
    49 Water St.
    Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
    C1A 1A3
     
    902-628-6009

    Newfoundland and Labrador AIP Employer Requirements

    Designation is the first step for employers in Newfoundland and Labrador interested in participating in the AIP. The designation process is designed to confirm that:

    • The AIP is the immigration program best suited to address the employer’s needs;
    • The employer wants to hire full-time, non-seasonal international candidates;
    • The employer and their business is established and in good standing as per the program guidelines;
    • The employer has demonstrated their preparedness to receive and meet the settlement needs of international candidate(s) and accompanying family members, and has agreed to do so; and,
    • The employer understands and agrees to the reporting requirements for the program.

    The following providers are recognized by IRCC for the purposes of providing settlement services to newcomers arriving under the AIP.

    Organization
    Address
    Email
    Phone
    Association for New Canadians
    144 Military Road
    St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
    B3K 4X1
    settlement@nfld.net
    709-722-9680
    Fédération des Francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador -Centre communautaire des Grands-Vents
    65 Ridge Road, Suite 233
    Saint-Jean, Newfoundland and Labrador
    A1B 4P5
     
    709-757-2826


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