Nova Scotia PNP

Nova Scotia PNP's immigration programs are premised on the idea that the province will nominate a person with connections to Nova Scotia. There are three different categories under which a person may qualify for the Nova Scotia PNP.

Breaking news! Nova Scotia Launches a new Provincial Nominee Program – No Job Offer Required - Regional Labor Market Demand Stream

The province of Nova Scotia has announced that starting March 6, 2014 they will be accepting applications under the new Regional Labor Market Demand stream, which is designed to attract the brightest skilled workers from around the world and allow them to apply for Canadian permanent residence without first requiring a job offer from a Canadian Employer. According to the Nova Scotia government, the quota for the program is 150 nominations.

Eligibility Criteria:

-Intention to reside and work in Nova Scotia

-Have 2 years of work experience (within the past 5 years), in a high demand and eligible occupation (listed below)

-Have a secondary school diploma along with at least a one year, post-secondary degree diploma or certificate from a recognized educational institution

 -Be between the ages of 21 and 55

-Have a minimum language proficiency in English equivalent to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5.

 PLEASE NOTE: This new category is subject to change at any time and may close if they receive too many applications or have reached their quota. If you think you may qualify and would like assistance, please do not delay in filling out our FREE online assessment form.

Here are the eligible occupations:

  • Managers in Health Care
  • Retail and whoelsale trade managers
  • Restaurant and food service managers
  • Financial auditors and accountants
  • Other financial officers
  • Civil engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Electrical and electronics engineers
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • Information systems analysts and consultants
  • Datatbase analyst and data adminsitrators
  • Software engineers and designers
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • Specialist physicians
  • General practitioners and family physicians
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • medical laboratory technologists
  • Respiratory theraposts, clinical perfusionists & cardiopulmonary technologists
  • Medical radiation technologists
  • Medical sonographers
  • Licensed practical nurses
  • Other tehcnical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • Psychologists
  • Early childhood educators and assistants
  • Retail trade supervisors
  • Chefs
  • Cooks
  • Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
  • Machinist and machining and tooling inspectors
  • Inudstrial electricians
  • Mechnical engineering technologists and technicians
  • Electrial and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 
  • Information systems testing technicians
  • Welders and related machine operators
  • Heavy-duty equiment mechanics
  • Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
  • Crane operators
  • Supervisors, other mechnical and metal products manufacturing

 Many people have contacted our firm with questions about this new and innovative program. Below are some of the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ):

Is IELTS required:
The Nova Scotia Regional Labour Market Demand Stream allows applicants to choose from several ways of documenting their Language proficiency. An International English Language Test Score (IELTS) is not a requirement, simply one way to demonstrate language.

What Level of Language is Required:

Applications must demonstrate at least an "Initial Intermediate" language ability (Canadian Language Benchmark 5) in English or French. This can be done with a language test OR with education or employment documents indicating English or French as the principal language used.

When will this program reach its Cap or Fill:
The Nova Scotia Regional Labour Market Demand Stream will only be nominating 150 nominations. The Nova Scotia government updated its website in late March to explain that it had received a high volume of applications. It is unclear how Nova Scotia is choosing how to nominate. It is unclear at this time if weight is being given for the quality of application (choosing the 150 best), time an application was received (first come, first served), a combination of both, etc...

What if the cap fills and Nova Scotia has not approved my nomination:
The government of Nova Scotia has stated that they will provide the "option of withdrawing your application or keeping it in the queue for next year." This language appears promising for several reasons. It appears that Nova Scotia has the intention of opening the program again and that applicants who are not nominated this year may put themselves in a better position for next year's program.

The Nova Scotia Provincial Nomineee Program also has other streams currently available: 

Skilled Worker

This Nova Scotia PNP category is for individuals who have received a full-time permanent job offer from an employer in Nova Scotia. Priority will be given to workers whose employers have, through recruitment efforts, tried to fill the position with a Canadian permanent resident or citizen.In addition, the employers must demonstrate the ability to be able to provide additional supports to help with settlement needs of the newcomers. 

Skilled Worker: Individuals whose occupation falls within the NOC skill levels O, A or B.

Semi-Skilled Worker: Individuals whose occupation falls within NOC skill level C. Applications may be considered based on six months of work with the Nova Scotia employer who is supporting the application. In addition, applications may be considered based on local labour market requirements and conditions. 

Low-Skilled Worker: Individuals whose occupation falls within NOC skill level D. Applicants in this category will only be considered if all other eligibility requirements have been met: the applicant has worked for at least six months for the Nova Scotia employer supporting the application, there is strong employer support and there are indicators of success in the application. 


 Family Business Stream

This Nova Scotia PNP category is designed for applicants with a family member who is a business owner in Nova Scotia who has been unsuccessful in trying to fill the position with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. If the family member in Nova Scotia is interesting in sponsoring a family member, that family member requires the following:

1. A full-time permanent job offer from a close relative who resides and owns a business in Nova Scotia

2. The work experience, expertise and appropriate certification (if necessary to perform the job)

3. Basic minimum age, English proficiency and level of education

Note: At this time, candidates falling within the NOC skill level D will not be considered.



Community Identified Stream

This program is now closed. It has been replaced by the Regional Labor Market Demand Stream


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