Dozens of companies sign up for Atlantic Immigration Pilot program

About 120 Nova Scotia companies have submitted applications to participate in a program that allows them to fill jobs with foreign workers and international graduates.

Twelve employers have been designated so far, with another 50 companies expected to be designated by the end of next week.

Almost 200 Atlantic Canadian employers have expressed interest in the program, and over 50 have been formally designated.

Nova Scotia Immigration Minister Lena Diab says the Atlantic Immigration Pilot is "a tool employers can use to fill their labour gaps."

It's hoped the program will bring 2,000 additional immigrants and their families to the four Atlantic provinces.

With files from The Canadian Press