Jobs exempt from labor market assessment

Atlantic Province announced a list of in-demand jobs exempt from labor market testing. Newfoundland and Labrador announced new measures to make it easier for employers to hire foreign workers through the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) in an effort to address labor shortages in the province.

The province announced a list of occupations that are exempt from the provincial labor market assessment process.

This process includes evaluating job opportunities. Like the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), the job opportunity assessment shows that the employer has reviewed all available options for suitable applicants from the local labor market before inviting an immigrant applicant for that job opportunity and has not reached a favorable result. In addition to the job opportunity assessment, the Atlantic Migration Program has its own labor market assessment requirements, such as advertisements.

To use the labor market exemption opportunity, applicants must have a job offer in one of the in-demand jobs. Jobs in demand in this province are in several sectors: health sector and information and communication technology (ICT) sector. Jobs in demand in the healthcare sector, which are exempted from the provincial labor market assessment process, are announced as follows:

General practitioner

Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Personal Care Force (PCA)

Clinical Psychologist

Medical physicist

Radiation therapy specialist


The required jobs in the ICT sector, which are exempt from the labor market assessment process, include the following list:

Software developer

Medical Engineering

UI/UX developer

electrical engineer

AI developer

mechanical engineer

Python developer

Network developer

Infrastructure engineer

Security specialist

Cloud computing specialist

Bioinformatics specialist

Computer network support

Data analyst

Research assistant

Sea technician

ROV operator

Ocean mapping expert

Technical writer

What is the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)?

The Atlantic Pilot Program (AIP) is an expedited employer-assisted immigration program. This program allows employers in the four Atlantic Canadian provinces to hire foreign workers for jobs they are unable to find local workers for.

The four Atlantic Canadian provinces are: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island.

Applicants who enter Canada through the pilot Atlantic AIP immigration program must have a job offer from an employer in Atlantic Canada.

After an employer makes a job offer to foreign employees and this job offer is accepted, the employer must introduce the applicant to one of the authorized primary housing service organizations. This work helps the applicant in basic housing matters and in some cases to assess the needs.

If employers need to sell a job quickly, they can get help from a temporary work visa. In this way, the applicant can enter Canada earlier and apply for permanent residence within 90 days from the time of applying for a temporary work visa.

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