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Employer Designation

Atlantic Canada invites foreign immigrants from all over the world to become permanent residents in its four provinces, helping to develop a skilled workforce and increase employment rates.

The four of these Atlantic Canada provinces are:

  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Newfoundland and Labrador

Under the employer-driven Atlantic Immigration Program, the Atlantic region invites eligible skilled workers, intermediate-level workers, and international graduates. To suit their different skills and education, the AIP offers:

  • Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)
  • Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)
  • Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

To invite skilled workers and graduate students to apply for these programs, the designated employers are required to offer a valid job to fulfill the respective criteria.

  • The local employers must have employer designation to hire foreign nationals through AIP.
  • These designated employers must be endorsed by the respective province.
  • As designated employers, these employers help the recruit integrate well with new life in Canada.

To Become a Designated Employer, An Employer Must:

  • Own a business with a good standing
  • Provide information on labour market needs
  • Must commit to working in sync with a service-providing association on a settlement or retention basis.

To Become Endorsed by the Province’s Approval:

  • Employers must display unsuccessful efforts in hiring local workers.
  • The employer must hire a foreign national that meets the requirement.
  • They must request a referral letter for the candidate’s work permit.
  • They must offer a full-time, non-seasonal job offer that fulfills the rules specified under the program
  • They need to provide an individualized settlement plan suiting the need of the hire and their accompanying family members.
  • The employer must understand and conform to the reporting requirement for the program.


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