Atlantic Immigration Pilot Helps Filling Labour Gaps – Digital Nova Scotia – Leading Digital Industry

According to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration website, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a creative approach to addressing our province’s labour market challenges.

Starting in March 2017, employers in Nova Scotia are able to use the Pilot to hire foreign workers.


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

Once the employer’s positions are endorsed, candidate(s) identified by the employer can apply for permanent residency directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

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


  • Contact our Employer Support Team
  • Review the Designation Guide
  • Complete the application form and submit all required information and attachments

Application Guides and forms can be found on NSOI website.


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