Nova Scotia PNP

Come to Canada under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

Nova Scotia is the most populated Atlantic province in Canada. The population growth in the province is mainly caused by immigration. In 2003, Nova Scotia launched the Nova Scotia PNP to attract more newcomers to the local labour market.

What streams there are in the Nova Scotia PNP?

As of December 2019, Nova Scotia process applications for provincial nominations through ten streams.

Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream was designed to select candidates in the Express Entry pool in order to identify candidates who may fit the provincial labour market. You cannot apply for this stream without being invited first.

Labour Market Priorities for Physicians stream was launched in September 2019 to bring more doctors to the province. Foreign doctors need to get an approved offer from the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre. In addition, they need to receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.

Physician Stream is another stream to recruit doctors abroad. It helps the NSHA and IWK to recruit and retain physicians who possess the required skills to cover the positions that Nova Scotia was unable to fill with Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

The Entrepreneur stream was designed to focus on foreign entrepreneurs of senior managers who own and/or operate a business or are willing to purchase a business in the province.

International Graduate Entrepreneur is an initiative to retain talented foreign graduates with business skills. It is available only for international students who completed their studies at universities or colleges in the province.

The Skilled Worker stream was created to assist employers to find foreign workers to fill the shortages in the local economy. Employers can recruit foreigners only if they couldn’t find qualified candidates in Canada.

In 2018, 3,470 foreign nationals, including spouses and children, immigrated to Nova Scotia under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. This year, the province has already invited 3,165 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The Occupations in Demand stream allows the province to attract specific occupations in the NOC C level. The authorities periodically update the list of occupations based on labour market information. At this moment, the stream targets NOC 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates) or NOC 7511 (Transport truck drivers).

The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream invites foreigners who intend to live and work in Nova Scotia. Foreign nationals must possess good chances of quickly finding a job in the province. This stream has two categories. Category A is aimed at applicants who got a job offer. Category B is focused on candidates with experience in an opportunity occupation. Category B is currently closed for new applications.

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry was launched to allow foreign workers who have worked at least one year in Nova Scotia in a skilled job to apply for a nomination of the province.

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