Canada launched a pilot program in 2017 to help employers and international graduates who want to stay in Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces - Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia & New Brunswick.
This program is employer driven and it is designed to hire qualified candidates for jobs they have been unable to fill locally. International graduates must be a recent graduate of a publicly funded institution in Atlantic Canada.
Both living abroad or already in Canada temporarily qualify for applying. Skilled workers must receive a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada.
Atlantic International Graduate Program
International graduates lived in an Atlantic province for at least 16 months in the 2 years who have a degree, diploma or other credential from a publicly funded institution in an Atlantic province with valid language test to show ability to communicate in English or French must be able to show that they can support themselves and their family
Note that work experience is not required for international graduates hired through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
Atlantic High-Skilled Program
Foreign nationals must have worked in a managerial, professional, or technical/skilled employment for at least a year and have a valid language test to demonstrate capacity to speak in English or French. Must be able to demonstrate that they have the financial means to support themselves and their family.
Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
Foreign nationals with a high school diploma or comparable education from Canada must have worked for at least a year in a position that requires a high school diploma and/or job-specific training, and they must pass a language exam to demonstrate their ability to speak in English or French. Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they have the financial means to support themselves and their families.