Immigrate To Canada: Atlantic Program in 2022: Relaunch, New Requirements

In the article, we talk in detail about the program of the Atlantic provinces: what it is, what requirements, what documents are needed, a list of employers, etc.

This program is quite new – it was launched in 2017. Developed by the federal government in cooperation with 4 Atlantic provinces:

  1. New Brunswick.
  2. Newfoundland and Labrador.
  3. Prince Edward Island.
  4. Nova Scotia.

The main goal of the program is to attract people to these provinces to fill empty jobs and increase the population.

The Atlantic program is so popular in 2020-2022 because it has simplified requirements compared to most other immigration programs.

How long will the Atlantic Pilot Progr

Advantages and disadvantages

The advantages of immigration under the program of the Atlantic provinces include:

  • the level of language proficiency is below average – from 4 CLB, which translates into the results of the IELTS test:
  • compared to Express Entry , you need to show less money for moving (4112 CAD / 240,552 rubles for two);
  • age is not important – the main thing is to be of age;
  • for some professions (more details below), it is enough to have a secondary education – completed 11 classes;
  • work experience for the last 5 years – 1 year;
  • employers in Canada are interested in finding workers;
  • employers don’t need to get an LMIA to hire you;
  • if you have a job offer and meet the program selection criteria, you can go to work in your province until the completion of the immigration process.

The disadvantages include:

  • a small number of vacancies: 6000 per year for 4 provinces. Hence, high competition;
  • one advantage that can be a disadvantage: low language requirements. However, with 4 CLBs it can be difficult to move up the career ladder because many specialties require a good language;

How to immigrate under the Atlantic program

Emigration to Canada from Russia and other CIS countries under this program is available for two categories of applicants:

  • graduates of higher educational institutions of Atlantic Canada;
  • skilled workers (in 99% of cases this is our option).

First of all, you need to study the requirements of the program and understand whether you are suitable or not. If yes, go to the next step, if not, then figure out why and improve the necessary characteristics.

  • another advantage: low requirements for funds (proof of funds). 4 thousand Canadian dollars for a life together is not enough. Because of this, there may be problems with renting adequate housing, a car, etc. Of course, if you have a high-paying job and more savings, then this is not a problem;
  • dependence on the employer, who for some reason may mark the job offer, which will lead to a refusal in PR . And you, for example, have already bought tickets and said goodbye to your old life.

Qualify for the Atlantic Program

The selection criteria are related to:

  • education and work experience;
  • level of proficiency in English or French;
  • financial position;
  • profession in which you will work in the Atlantic province.

Let’s take a closer look at each requirement below.


You must have worked at least 1560 hours in the last 5 years. To do this, it is enough to work a year at full employment (from 30 hours a week).

When calculating hours:

  • both full and part-time work can be taken into account;
  • work must be paid, volunteering and unpaid internships are not considered;
  • Work experience must be obtained at least 12 months in advance. That is, working 60 hours a week and gaining the required 1560 in six months will not work;
  • work experience during training can be taken into account, but working hours should not exceed the allowable (part-time, as a rule);
  • Self-employment experience (self-employed / freelancers) is not taken into account.

The profession must be skill level 0, A, B or C in the NOC.

For graduates of local educational institutions, no work experience is required if they meet all the requirements:

  • received a diploma or certificate of education:
    • training for which lasted at least 2 years;
    • at one of the authorized educational institutions .
  • all this time there was a daytime form of education;
  • lived for at least 16 months during the last 2 years of study in one of the Atlantic provinces;
  • had a valid study/work permit while living in the province.


Depending on your profession (code in NOC), the education requirements are different:

  • for NOC 0 or A, at least one year of post-secondary education;
  • for NOC B or C – minimum secondary education (11 grades).

If the education was received outside of Canada, then it must be confirmed – go through the diploma evaluation process . Most often this is done using WES

Language proficiency

To immigrate under the Atlantic Program, you will need to provide the results of a language test in English or French. For these purposes, the following are most often used:

  • IELTS for English;
  • TEF Canada for French.

The results of these tests are translated into the CLB level .

Depending on your profession (code in NOC), the language level requirements are different:

  • for NOC 0, A or B – CLB 5 and above;
  • for NOC C – 4 CLB and above.


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