Nova-Scotia Immigration

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) provides a quicker path to becoming a Canadian permanent resident for qualified skilled workers and experienced entrepreneurs.

Nova Scotia differentiates between skilled workers, semi-skilled and low-skilled workers.

Skilled workers are defined as individuals with occupation within NOC skill level O, A or B- Priority will be awarded to these higher skilled occupations.

Semi-skilled workers have occupations that fall under the NOC skill level C occupations. These applications may be considered s based on local labour market requirement and conditions, and 6 months of work with the Nova Scotia employer supporting the application. Under this category, official language test results must be submitted with an application.

Low-skilled workers have occupations that fall under the NOC skill level D. These applications may only be considered if all other eligibility criteria are met, the principal applicant has worked for at least 6 months with the Nova Scotia employer supporting the application, there are indicators of success in the application, and there is a strong employer support. Under this category, official language test results must be submitted with an application.

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream

The Nova Scotia immigration office promotes its own Canada Express Entry stream. It enables the province to nominate qualified candidates for admission to Canada under the federal Express Entry immigration system, without a sponsoring employer.

Status of Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Categories

Category Status
A (job offer required) Open (July 5, 2017)
B (no job offer required) Paused (July 5, 2017)

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

The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream scores applicants based on six broad factors:

  • Education
  • Language ability
  • Work experience
  • Age
  • Arranged employment in Nova Scotia
  • Adaptability (including spouse/partner’s credentials)

The stream includes two categories. Category A requires a job offer, Category B requires experience in Nova Scotia’s targeted occupations (see table below).
Category A Requirements: Nova Scotia Express Entry

  • Full-time permanent skilled job offer from a Nova Scotia employer.
  • One year of skilled work experience related to the job.
  • Canadian high school credential or equivalent.
  • Proven language ability in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark 7.
  • Score 67 points or more on six selection factors.
  • Have the financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia;
  • Have a Canada Express Entry profile registered.

Category B Requirements: Nova Scotia Express Entry

  • One year of skilled work experience in one of the target occupations (see table below).
  • Canadian high school credential or equivalent.
  • Proven language ability in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark 7.
  • Score 67 points or more on six selection factors.
  • Have the financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia;
  • Have a Canada Express Entry profile registered.

Nova Scotia Jobs In Demand

Occupation NOC Skill
Financial auditors and accountants 1111 A
Other financial officers 1114 A
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 1123 A
Administrative assistants 1241 B
Accounting and related clerks 1311 B
Civil engineers 2131 A
Information systems analysts and consultants 2171 A
Computer programmers and interactive media development 2174 A
Computer network technicians 2281 B
User support technicians 2282 B
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 3012 A
Licensed practical nurses 3233 B
College and other vocational instructors 4021 A
Paralegal and related occupations 4211 B
Social and community service workers 4212 B
Financial sales representatives 6235 B

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

High skilled immigrants with experience in Nova Scotia qualify under the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream. As a core requirement, candidates require one year of experience in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) O, A or B position.

Eligibility Requirements: Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

  • At least one year of work experience in Nova Scotia.
  • Be 21 to 55 years old.
  • Canadian high school graduate or equivalent.
  • Language proficiency 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.

Nova Scotia Skilled Worker Immigration Stream

This employer-driven stream helps employers recruit and retain immigrant workers with the required skills. It also targets immigrants with skills in demand.

To apply under this program, the applicant must have:

  • A guaranteed job offer from a Nova Scotia employer who has exhausted all other options for finding workers and offers standard wages and working conditions for that occupational field;
  • The Required age, language ability and education.

Nova Scotia Family Business Worker Immigration Stream

This stream helps family-owned businesses hire close relatives demonstrating skills that could not be found in Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
To apply under this program, the applicant must have:

  • A full-time, permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer who is a close relative and who owns an established business in Nova Scotia before submitting an application to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP).
  • The worker or the spouse must be related to the family business owner or spouse of the business owner in one of the following ways:
    • Son or daughter;
    • Brother or sister;
    • Niece or nephew (children of brothers or sisters);
    • Uncle or aunt (parent’s brothers or sisters);
    • Grandchild;
    • A step or half-relative of the same degree.