Pilot Programs

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program operates as a partnership between Canada’s federal government and the four Canadian provinces:

  1. Nova Scotia
  2. New Brunswick
  3. NewFoundland & Labrador
  4. Prince Edward Island

Rural & Northern
Immigration Program

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program created to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residency for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in one of the 11 participating communities.

  • North Bay, ON
  • Sudbury, ON
  • Timmins, ON
  • Sault Ste. Marie, ON
  • Thunder Bay, ON
  • Brandon, MB
  • Altona/Rhineland, MB
  • Moose Jaw, SK
  • Claresholm, AB
  • Vernon, BC
  • West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC
Eligibility Requirement

The federal criteria are: 

    • Have a recommendation from one of the designated communities

    • Have one year of continuous work experience in the past three years (a minimum of 1,560 hours)


    • Have graduated from a publicly funded post-secondary institution in the recommending community

    • Have a genuine job offer to work in one of the designated communities

    • Meet the language threshold for the NOC skill type/level of the job being offered

    • Have sufficient funds to settle and support themselves and their family in the community

Have an intention to live in the community

Community Recommendation

A community recommendation is based on the candidate’s: 

    • intention to live in the designated community
    • job offer and the community’s economic needs
    • work experience and skills
    • ties to the community
Work Experience

Eligible candidates must have: 

    • a minimum of 1,560 hours (one year) of paid work experience in the past three years;
      • the work experience must be in one occupation but can be with different employers
      • the work experience can be obtained in Canada or outside Canada
      • the work experience can be accumulated during the 3 years preceding the application, regardless of breaks in employment
      • Self-employed work experience is not eligible

Candidates must have performed the majority of the main duties and all the essential duties listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) for their profession as well as the activities listed in the lead statement.

Please note that international students may be exempt from the work experience criteria if they are recent graduates:

    • from a full-time post-secondary program of a least 2 years, or
    • from a full-time master’s program or higher.

Candidates must have: 

      • A Canadian high school diploma or the foreign equivalent;
        • Diplomas obtained outside Canada must have their equivalency confirmed by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a designated organizat
        • The ECA report must be less than five years old at the time of application

Individuals who have graduated from a post-secondary program in the community that is recommending them are exempt from the work experience requirement if they graduated with:

      • a degree, diploma, certificate or trade or apprenticeship from a post-secondary program of 2 years or more and:
      1. were a full-time student for the entirety of the 2+ years
      2. obtained the credential within 18 months before the application for permanent residence
      3. were in the community for at least 16 months of the last 24 months of study


      • a master’s degree or a PhD and:
      1. were a full-time student for the entirety of the degree
      2. obtained the credential within 18 months before the application for permanent residence
      3. were in the community for the entirety of the degree Individuals who cannot apply as international students include those who:
      • studied at distance for more than half the program
      • studied English or French for more than half the program
      • received a scholarship or fellowship that requires they return to their home country to apply their studies
Job Offer

Potential candidates must have a genuine, full-time, permanent, job offer in one of the participating communities. The wage must meet the minimum wage listed for that NOC in the Canada Job Bank and the candidates’ previous experience must demonstrate that they can perform the duties of the job offered.

The Government of Canada defines a genuine job offer as one that:

    • must meet the needs of the employer
    • the employer must actively be in the business for which the offer has been made
    • the employer must be able to fulfill the terms of the offer
    • the employer must have complied with all employment laws and rules in the past

Additionally, the job offer must be of the same skill level or one skill level above or below the NOC that best applies to the candidate’s work experience. Candidates whose NOC is rated skill level D, however, must have a job offer in the same occupation.

Language Requirement

The minimum language requirement is based on the NOC skill type or level that applies to the candidate’s job offer.

The minimum requirements for each NOC skill type/level are as follows. “CLB” stands for Canadian Language Benchmark.

    • NOC 0 and A: Minimum language score of a CLB 6 is required
    • NOC B: Minimum language score of a CLB 5 is required
    • NOC C and D: Minimum language score of a CLB 4 is required

Candidates must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to support themselves and their families after they move to Canada. These funds must be their own and cannot be borrowed from anyone.

The following documents can be used as proof of funds:

    • bank account statements
    • documents that show real property or other investments (such as stocks, bonds, debentures, treasury bills, )
    • documents that guarantee payment of a set amount of money payable to you (such as banker’s drafts, cheques, traveller’s cheques or money orders)

The minimum required amount is as follows: 

Number of family members (including those you support who aren’t immigrating with you)

Funds you need (in Canadian dollars)













7 or more


Canada Agri
Food Immigration Pilot

Eligibility  Requirements

Candidates with work experience in the above occupations must also meet the following eligibility requirements in order to be considered for Canadian permanent residence under the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot.

  • 12 months of full-time, non-seasonal Canadian work experience in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in one of the eligible
  • a Canadian Language Benchmark level 4 in English or French
  • the foreign equivalent of a high school level education or greater
  • an indeterminate job offer for full-time, non-seasonal work in Canada, outside of Quebec, at or above the prevailing wage.

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