Employer Designation Process

Employers and businessmen in Atlantic provinces who wish to hire workers and professionals from outside Canada without the requirement of an LMIA must first receive designation from their respective province.

Launched in the year 2017, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) aims the strengthening of the workforce in Canada’s Atlantic provinces – New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (PEI). A unique characteristic of this program is that for employers to hire foreign workers from abroad, they do not need to go through the usual LMIA process. However, the employer or businessman who is hiring the foreign worker needs to be designated by the province where the business is registered.

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The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program and all its variants are employer-driven. Meaning, the employers in the Atlantic provinces play a key role in these programs by working closely with the Immigrant Settlement Services (ISS) organizations. In all the 4 Atlantic provinces, the designated employers must provide the respective ISS organizations the following:

  • The settlement plan for the applicant and the applicant’s family members, if applicable;
  • The job offer the employer is issuing to the applicant;
  • The endorsement application for provincial examination.

The employer designation process is different for each Atlantic province. If you are an employer looking to hire foreign candidates, make sure you are aware of the designation requirements specific to your province:

  • New Brunswick employer designation requirements
  • Newfoundland and Labrador employer designation requirements
  • Nova Scotia employer designation requirements
  • Prince Edward Island (PEI) employer designation requirements

New Brunswick employer designation requirements

Employers in New Brunswick who are interested to hire foreign workers and professionals through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) must meet the following requirements:

  • The employer or the business should be well established in the province and is in good standing;
  • The job offered by the employer or the business to the candidate should be full-time, non-seasonal in nature;
  • The employer or the business should show commitment to meet the settlement needs of the candidate and his or her family member(s), if applicable.

Newfoundland and Labrador employer designation requirements

Employers in Newfoundland and Labrador who are interested to hire foreign workers and professionals through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) must meet the following requirements:

  • The employer or the business should be well established in the province and is in good standing;
  • The job offered by the employer or the business to the candidate should be full-time, non-seasonal in nature;
  • The employer or the business should show commitment to meet the settlement needs of the candidate and his or her family member(s), if applicable;
  • The employer or the business must adhere to the reporting requirements of the program.

Nova Scotia employer designation requirements

Employers in Nova Scotia who are interested to hire foreign workers and professionals through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) must meet the following requirements:

In Nova Scotia the process is a 2 stage/tier process, which starts with designation first, followed by provincial endorsement.

To become designated:

  • The business should be well-established and in good standing;
  • The employer or the business should show commitment to work with a settlement organization catering to the needs of new immigrants who arrive in Nova Scotia;
  • The employer or the business should be willing to provide information on workforce requirements.

To become endorsed:

  • The employer or the business should successfully demonstrate that local workers or professionals are not available to perform the job for which the employer or the business is looking to hire the foreign worker(s) or professional(s). Note that this does not mean the employer should apply for an LMIA;
  • The employer or the business should hire the foreign worker by co-signing with the foreign worker a job offer that is full-time and non-seasonal;
  • The employer or the business should provide a detailed and comprehensive settlement plan co-signed with the foreign worker.

Prince Edward Island (PEI) employer designation requirements

Employers in Prince Edward Island who are interested to hire foreign workers and professionals through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) must meet the following requirements:

  • The employer or the business should be well established in the province and is in good standing;
  • The job offered by the employer or the business to the candidate should be full-time, non-seasonal in nature;
  • The employer or the business should show commitment to meet the settlement needs of the candidate and his or her family member(s), if applicable;
  • The employer or the business must adhere to the reporting requirements of the program.

 

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