Become an AIP-designated employer

Hire Global Talent with the Atlantic Immigration Program

Looking to hire skilled workers for your business or organization? Get designated to hire international candidates under the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP).

The AIP is a federal immigration stream that makes it easier for employers in Atlantic Canada to recruit skilled foreign talent and international graduates to meet their labour needs.

The Atlantic Immigration Program can help your business:

Speed up and streamline the process of hiring foreign workers and international graduates.

Skip the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process if your efforts to hire locally have been unsuccessful.

Support your international employees in getting their permanent residency.


Halifax Partnership's Labour Market Development team can help your business get designated to hire international talent with the Atlantic Immigration Program.

Atlantic Immigration Program Designation

Under the Atlantic Immigration Program, you must first become designated by the Province of Nova Scotia before you can make a job offer to hire an international candidate.

To be designated in Nova Scotia, your organization must:

  • Have been in continuous, active operation under the same management for at least 2 years in 1 of the Atlantic provinces, or be able to show continuous, active operation in another location with confirmation of approval from the province in which you’re applying for designation.
  • Be in good standing and comply with employment standards and occupational health and safety legislation.
  • Not recruit or hire workers for the purpose of establishing a pool of candidates that can be later transferred or contracted out to separate businesses for staffing purposes.
  • Not be in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) or the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR).
  • Work with a settlement service provider organization to help your candidates get settlement service.
  • Commit to taking the free onboarding training & intercultural competency training.

Note: Employers who were previously designated under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program must apply to become redesignated under the new Atlantic Immigration Program, which was launched in January 2022. Halifax Partnership's AIP team can help guide you through this process.

How We Help

Halifax Partnership provides free consultation and support services for employers in the Halifax region who wish to become AIP designated. We will help you:

  • Understand the difference between the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program and the permanent Atlantic Immigration Program
  • Review the eligibility criteria and complete your application
  • Identify and help organize the documents required for your business to become designated
  • Support you throughout the application and designation process
  • If required, connect you with additional resources to support your application.

Supported by:

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Reach out to us

Celia Deer

Account Executive, Atlantic Immigration Program

Interested in the Atlantic Immigration Program?



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