Government of New Brunswick

The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) is a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates from a recognized post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada who want to work and live In New Brunswick. The program helps New Brunswick employers hire qualified candidates for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally.


Employers facing shortages in the identified sectors below, must first become “designated” to have their positions “endorsed” by the Province.

Being “designated” means you can hire candidates under the Atlantic Immigration Program. The provinces are responsible for designating employers.

Eligible sectors

  • Healthcare
  • Business Service Centers 
  • Information Technology 
  • Hospitality- hotel and full-service restaurants 
  • Skilled Trades 
  • Forestry
  • Education
  • Public Service

Once the employer’s positions are endorsed, foreign worker(s) identified by the employer can apply directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residency. The foreign worker may also receive a temporary work permit while waiting for permanent residency.



1. Employer Designation

To be designated, your organization must:

  • not be in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) or the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR)
  • 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
  • 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
  • work with a New Brunswick settlement service provider organization to help your candidates get settlement services
  • commit to taking the onboarding training
  • commit to taking the intercultural competency training, unless you’re exempted by the province. A New Brunswick workforce attraction officer will inform you if you need to take the training during the intake conversation.


Atlantic Immigration Program – New Brunswick Employer Designation Guidelines

Expression of Interest for the Atlantic Immigration Program Form – New Brunswick Employers

*A fillable Designation application form will be provided to eligible employers once the Expression of Interest is reviewed by the Province.

Atlantic Immigration Program – New Brunswick Employer Designation Application Form – SAMPLE


2. Employer Position Endorsement

To have a position endorsed, an employer must:

3. Foreign Worker Immigration Application

To apply for permanent residency foreign workers must:

  • Have a valid endorsement certificate issued by New Brunswick.
  • Foreign workers who require a work permit must have a work permit referral letter issued by the Province.
  • Employers supporting work permit applications must register in the federal employer portal, submit the job offer and pay a compliance fee.


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