Residency Pilot Project in Canada


Fraser Clarke

A move to Canada could now be easier than ever thanks to a new pilot project that allows  rural provinces to easily hire overseas talent.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project allows employers in Canada’s four Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island) to employ skilled workers, providing a simple pathway to permanent residency in the country.

Odyssey Recruitment understands that some medical facilities have taken advantage of the program, potentially opening the door to a long-term move in just six months.

Here’s a quick look at how the system works.

Meeting the Requirements

To meet the requirements as a highly skilled worker you must:

  • Have worked in a professional role within your area for at least one full year.
  • Have a high school diploma (or equivalent). For medical professionals this will not be an issue.
  • Be capable of passing a language test to prove that you are an effective communicator in either English or French.
  • Prove that you will be able to support yourself (and any dependents) financially.

The Next Steps

You must receive a concrete job offer from an organisation registered on the program in order to take advantage of the scheme. You cannot apply in advance of receiving a job offer.

This is where we can help. If you are keen on a long-term move to Canada then we can liaise with the employer to uncover whether or not they are part of the program.

Getting Organised

We cannot stress enough just how important it is to be organised in advance of a move - and this is no different if you’re heading to Canada on the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

Everyone applying must complete a language test - even if you studied in Canada. Further to this you’ll need an English credentials relate your qualifications to Canadian standards. 

A proof of funds is also required in order to confirm that you will be able to support your family, whilst every role will ask for a range of more specific work-related documentation.

Before applying try and have qualifications, board memberships and any additional training certificates organised and ready to send.


After this you should be able to submit your details and complete your application. Somes roles may require biometric scanning or photographic ID, however this aside you should be good to go.


Register on our website today. Job opportunities in Canada don’t come up all that often, and are usually in high-demand, however we can help ensure you give yourself the best chance possible of securing a dream role in the country.