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Pilot Immigration Programs

Employers in Atlantic Canada

The pilot helps employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada and international graduates who want to stay in Atlantic Canada after they graduate.

There are 3 programs that employers can use to hire someone are:

  • Atlantic International Graduate Program
  • Atlantic High-skilled Program
  • Atlantic Intermediate-skilled Program

Each program has requirements that the employer and the candidate must meet.

Before the employer makes a job offer, they must be designated by the provincial government of the Atlantic province where the candidate will be working.

Once the employer makes a job offer, they and the candidate will work through several steps. If the employer and the candidate meet all the requirements, the candidate gets permanent resident status in Canada.

International graduates and skilled foreign workers

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates who want to work and live in one of Canada’s 4 Atlantic Provinces:

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

This is an employer-driven program designed to help employers in Atlantic Canada hire qualified candidates for jobs they have been unable to fill locally.

To immigrate to Atlantic Canada through the pilot, you must be a recent graduate of a publicly funded institution in Atlantic Canada or a skilled worker who meets the program requirements.

You can be living abroad or already be in Canada temporarily.

You must receive a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada to participate in the pilot.

If you receive a job offer from an employer:

  • ask for a copy of the employer’s Confirmation of Designation, or
  • tell them about the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and ask them to consider becoming designated, if they aren’t already

 

As a caregiver, you have options to come to Canada to become a permanent resident or work temporarily.

Permanent residence for caregivers

There are two pilot programs:

  • Home Child Care Provider Pilot NOC 4411 (experience as a foster parent doesn’t count) and
  • Home Support Worker Pilot NOC 4412 (experience as a housekeeper doesn’t count)

The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot are 5-year pilot programs that let qualified caregivers and their family members come to Canada with the goal of becoming permanent residents.

If you’ve been offered a job in Canada as a caregiver or have experience working in Canada as a caregiver, you may be able to apply for permanent residence through one of these pilots.

The application process will be different depending on your situation and how much qualifying work experience you have.

Qualifying work experience

Qualifying work experience means you’ve worked full-time in Canada in NOC 4411 or NOC 4412.

Determine your work experience:
  1. You don’t have any qualifying work experience
    • You’ve never worked full-time as a caregiver in Canada.
  2. You have some qualifying work experience, but less than 24 months
    • You are working full-time as a caregiver in Canada right now, or
    • You recently worked full-time as a caregiver in Canada but you don’t have 24 months of experience yet.
  3. You have 24 or more months of qualifying work experience
    • In the last 36 months, you’ve worked full-time as a caregiver in Canada for a total of 24 months or more.

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program. It’s designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in one of the participating communities.

About the process

There are 4 steps to applying for permanent residence under this pilot.

  1. Check that you meet both
    1. IRCC eligibility requirements and
    2. the community-specific requirements.
  2. Find an eligible job with an employer in one of the participating communities.
  3. Once you have a job offer, submit your application for recommendation to the community.
  4. If a community recommends you, apply for permanent residence.

Each community will also have its own

  • additional eligibility requirements
  • job search process
  • community recommendation application process

Participating communities

The pilot will launch in participating communities at different times.

If a website is listed as “coming soon,” the pilot hasn’t launched in that community.

Community Community website
North Bay, ON Coming soon
Sudbury, ON Coming soon
Timmins, ON Coming soon
Sault Ste. Marie, ON www.welcometossm.com
Thunder Bay, ON www.gotothunderbay.com
Brandon, MB www.economicdevelopmentbrandon.com
Altona/Rhineland, MB www.seedrgpa.com
Moose Jaw, SK Coming soon
Claresholm, AB www.claresholm.ca
Vernon, BC https://rnip-vernon.ca
West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC Coming soon

This pilot is community-driven, meaning the communities will:

  • assess prospective candidates who
    • best fit the economic needs of these community
    • have a genuine employment opportunity that meets their community requirements
    • have the intention of staying in the community
  • recommend candidates for permanent residence to IRCC for a final decision
  • connect newcomers with settlement services and mentoring opportunities with established members of the community

The pilot will help address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector, particularly in meat processing and mushroom production, by testing a new industry-specific approach.

About the pilot

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot helps address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector by testing a new industry-specific approach.

The pilot is designed to

  • help address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector, particularly in year-round mushroom and greenhouse crop production, meat processing and livestock raising industries, and
  • attract experienced, non-seasonal workers who can settle in Canada

This pilot will run until March 2023.

About the process

To apply for permanent residence through the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot, you need

  • eligible Canadian work experience, and
  • a job offer from a Canadian employer in one of the industries and occupations listed as eligible for the pilot

Eligible industries

Industries are classified by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

Your employer needs to include the industry code in your job offer.

Eligible industries for the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot are:

  • meat product manufacturing (NAICS 3116)
  • greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production, including mushroom production (NAICS 1114)
  • animal production, excluding aquaculture (NAICS 1121, 1122, 1123, 1124 or 1129)

Eligible jobs under the pilot program

Eligible jobs for the pilot are classified by the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code and are listed below.

For meat product manufacturing (NAICS 3116), eligible jobs are

  • NOC B 6331 - Retail butchers
  • NOC C 9462 - Industrial butchers
  • NOC B 8252 - Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • NOC D 9617 - Food processing labourers

For greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production, including mushroom production (NAICS 1114), eligible jobs are

  • NOC B 8252 - Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • NOC C 8431 - General farm workers
  • NOC D 8611 - Harvesting labourers

For animal production, excluding aquaculture (NAICS 1121, 1122, 1123, 1124 and 1129), eligible jobs are

  • NOC B 8252 - Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • NOC C 8431 - General farm workers

Application limits by occupation

There are annual limits on the number of applications that are processed for each occupation.

Starting on January 1 of each year, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. This pilot will last for 3 years. For the first and final years of the pilot, the annual limits are adjusted based on the remaining period for that year under the pilot.

 
Job offer to work as a Number of applications accepted per year
Farm supervisor or specialized livestock worker (NOC B 8252) 50
Industrial butcher (NOC C 9462) or retail butcher (NOC B 6331) 1470
Food processing labourer (NOC D 9617) 730
General farm worker (NOC C 8431) 200
Harvesting labourer (NOC D 8611) 300
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