This program aims for potential immigrants who have the skills and experience to improve the province’s economy and deal with demographic trials.

Candidates who meet the standards of one of eight various streams can be nominated for Nova Scotia immigration, with a goal processing time of three months.

These are eight streams:

  1. Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  2. Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  3. Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities: Express Entry
  4. Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians: Express Entry
  5. Skilled Worker
  6. Physician
  7. Occupations in Demand
  8. Entrepreneur
  9. International Graduate Entrepreneur

Demand Express Entry

This stream allows the province to nominate eligible candidates for admittance to Canada under the federal Express Entry immigration system, with no sponsoring employer.

The province nominates eligible applicants from the federal Express Entry pool.

Express Entry stream scores applicants founded on these distinct aspects:

  1. Education
  2. Language ability
  3. Work experience
  4. Age
  5. Arranged employment in Nova Scotia
  6. Adaptability (including spouse/partner’s credentials)

The stream incorporates two categories. Category A necessitates a job offer; Category B necessitates experience in Nova Scotia’s aimed professions.

Category A 

  • Full-time permanent skilled job offers from a Nova Scotia employer.
  • One year of skilled work capability associated with the job.
  • Canadian high school credentials or the same.
  • Demonstrated language capability in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark 7.
  • Score 67 points or more on the distinct aspects.
  • Have the financial funds to effectively live in Nova Scotia;
  • Have a Canada Express Entry profile registered.

Category B 

One year of skilled work familiarity in one of the target professions

  • Canadian high school credentials or the same.
  • Demonstrated language capability in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark 7.
  • Score 67 points or more on the distinct aspects.
  • Have the financial funds to effectively live in Nova Scotia;
  • Have a Canada Express Entry profile registered.

Experience Express Entry

High skilled immigrants with familiarity in Nova Scotia are eligible under the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream. As the main prerequisite, candidates need one year of experience in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) O, A or B position.

Eligibility

  • Minimum of one year of work familiarity in Nova Scotia.
  • Be 21 to 55 years of age.
  • Canadian high school graduate or the same.
  • Language aptitude in English or French: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 for skilled work in NOC 0 and A, CLB 5 for NOC B jobs.
  • Register a profile in the federal government Canada Express Entry pool.

Labour Market Priorities Express Entry

This type of stream is intended to permit the province to single out certain occupations for immigration.

The stream focus on occupations for Letters of Interest, with Early Childhood Educators the first focus job.

Applicants should:

  • Have received a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Nominee Program in the Express Entry system.
  • Meet the minimum work-experience conditions of the Express Entry stream for which you have experienced.
  • Show enough resources to effectively establish yourself and your family in Nova Scotia and to pay your immigration expenses and travel expenditures.
  • Have legal status in your current country of residence.
  • Meet eligibility criteria at the time you are given a Letter of Interest.

Labour Market Priorities for Physician Express Entry

This stream permits the province to choose candidates who are competent doctors from the federal Express Entry pool.

The stream explicitly pursues two National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes:

  1. NOC 3112: Family Physicians
  2. NOC 3111: Specialist Physicians

Eligibility

  • Have an authorized job offer from Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre as either a Family Physician (NOC 3112) or a Specialist Physician (NOC 3111).
  • Pledge to reside and operate in Nova Scotia for at least two years.
  • Be Given a Letter of Interest from the NSNP via Express Entry.
  • Present your application within 30 calendar days of the issuance date of the Letter of Interest.
  • Meet the minimum work experience requirements of the Express Entry-linked program for which you have qualified.
  • Show enough funds to establish yourself and your family in Nova Scotia.
  • Have legal status in your present country of residence.

Skilled Worker

This stream is focused on foreign workers and international graduates. Employers who are not able to fill positions with Canadian citizens or permanent residents can gain access to the stream following obtaining a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Eligibility

  • Having a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer.
  • Minimum of one year of work experience associated with the job (semi-skilled and low-skilled workers should have at least six months of experience with the job-offering employer).
  • Between 21 and 55 years old.
  • Minimum high school diploma.
  • Suitable training, skills and/or accreditation, if necessary.
  • Language skill in English or French equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 5 for skilled workers, CLB Level 4 for semi-skilled and low-skilled workers.
  • Financial funds to productively live in Nova Scotia.

Occupations in demand

This program aims for intermediate-skilled jobs in high demand in the province.

The pilot program primarily aims for nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) and transport truck drivers (NOC 7511).

The occupations can change depending on labour market requirement. It explicitly aimed for jobs under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) C.

Eligibility

  • Having a Full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in either NOC 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates) or NOC 7511 (Transport truck drivers).
  • One year of work experience related to the job.
  • 21 to 55 years old.
  • High school diploma.
  • Suitable training, skills and/or accreditation for the job.
  • Demonstrate language skills equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4 even if your first language is English or French.
  • Demonstrate financial funds to effectively live in Nova Scotia.

Physician

This Stream helps the province’s public health system to employ general practitioners, family physicians, and specialist physicians. It is intended to help enlist and maintain doctors for positions the province that were not able to fill with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Eligibility

Legal Status in Country of Residence

If you are living in Canada, you must furnish evidence of your legal status as a temporary worker or visitor.

If you apply from outside Canada, you should give evidence that you have legal status in your country of residence.

If you have lost your status, you are not qualified to apply until such time that your status has been reinstated.

Job Offer

Written certified opening with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre as a:

  • General practitioner and family physician (NOC 3112) OR
  • Specialist physician (NOC 3111)

The certified opening should be on official NSHA or IWK letterhead and should:

  • Be signed and dated by a person authorized to hire physicians at the NSHA or IWK
  • Be signed and dated by the applicant who is accepting the opportunity
  • Show admissibility for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of NS
  • Show that the applicant is qualified to apply for privileges and credentials with NSHA and the IWK

Education and Training

A copy of an Education Credential Assessment or evidence of education and medical training necessary for licensure in Nova Scotia.

Language Ability

The capability to do the job in one of Canada’s official languages as demonstrated by an employment offer from the NSHA or the IWK.

Entrepreneur

This stream aims for applicants with business proprietorship or senior management familiarity. They should settle in Nova Scotia, either launch a business or purchase an existing business, and enthusiastically take part in the day-to-day administration of that business.

In this stream, applicants are issued a temporary work permit prior to requesting for permanent residence following operating the business for a year. This stream makes use of an Expression of Interest format, where candidates in a pool are asked to apply.

Eligibility

  • 21 years old or older.
  • Would Like to settle permanently in Nova Scotia at the same time as possessing and enthusiastically controlling a Nova Scotia business.
  • At least $600,000 net worth.
  • At least an investment of $150,000 to launch or acquire a business in Nova Scotia.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience enthusiastically overseeing and retaining a business (33 percent ownership minimum) OR more than 5 years of experience in a senior business management position.
  • Score minimum of 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French.

International Graduate Entrepreneur

This stream is comparable to the Entrepreneur stream, just targeted at current graduates from a Nova Scotia university or the Nova Scotia Community College. The applicants should have launched or acquired a Nova Scotia business and managed it for a year on a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

Applicants are nominated for permanent residence if they plan to stay in the province. The stream works on an Expression of Interest format like the Entrepreneur stream.

Eligibility

  • Would Like to reside permanently in Nova Scotia while possessing and enthusiastically overseeing a Nova Scotia business.
  • At least one year of constant experience keenly overseeing and possessing your existing Nova Scotia business (100 percent ownership).
  • You have achieved a degree or diploma including at least 2 academic years of full-time, in-person study at a Nova Scotia university or the Nova Scotia Community College.
  • Legitimate post-graduation work permit.
  • At least a score of 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French.