Nova Scotia PNP

Nova Scotia is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. It is one of the three Maritime provinces and one of the four Atlantic provinces. Nova Scotia is Latin for “New Scotland”. Most of the population are native English-speakers.

Its capital city, Halifax, is known as a major centre for culture and the arts, as well as for its high standard of living. Nova Scotians are closely connected to the sea, and the province is renowned for its coastal beauty and delicious cuisine.

Nova Scotia has been welcoming an increasing number of new permanent immigrants since 2012. The province welcomed 2,339 new immigrants in 2012 and 7,580 in 2019.

Immigration to Nova Scotia has tripled over the last 20 years because of the introduction and continuous development of its provincial program, as well as the introduction of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) in 2017.

Nova Scotia Immigration Categories

The Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry is for skilled applicants who have worked for a Nova Scotia employer for at least one year and who have a profile on the federal Express Entry system.

Needs a job offer? No

Application Fee: None

Processing Time: At least 3 months

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must have an Express Entry profile;
  • You must be between 21 and 55 years old;
  • You must have at least one year of full-time paid work experience in Nova Scotia in the last three years;
  • You must have had proper authorization during their time in Nova Scotia, such as a work permit;
  • You must have a high school diploma/credential or higher;
  • You must have the language skills required to carry out your jobs:
    • NOC 0 and A – CLB 7
    • NOC B – CLB 5
  • You must intend to live in Nova Scotia permanently.

 

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities is for candidates who meet specific labour market needs. The skilled occupations can change with each invitation round. Candidates need to have an Express Entry profile.

Needs a job offer? No

Application Fee: None

Processing Time: At least 3 months

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must have a valid Express Entry profile;
  • You must receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) on your Express Entry profile;
  • You must meet the work experience requirements for your Express Entry program (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class);
  • You must have the required supporting documents to demonstrate work experience;
  • You must have enough money to settle permanently in Nova Scotia;
  • You must meet the draw-specific eligibility requirements. Each drawing may have additional requirements.

 

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians is for general practitioners, family physicians and specialist physicians (NOC 3111 and 3112) who have an approved job offer in Nova Scotia. Candidates need to have an Express Entry profile. 

Needs a job offer? Yes

Application Fee: None

Processing Time: At least 3 months

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must have a valid Express Entry profile;
  • You must receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) on your Express Entry profile;
  • You must have a job offer from the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre as a general practitioner, family physician or a specialist physician (NOC 3111 or NOC 3112);
  • You must meet the work experience requirements for your Express Entry program (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class);
  • You must have the required supporting documents to demonstrate work experience;
  • You must commit to staying in the province for two years, by sending a signed Return for Service Agreement to the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness;
  • You must have enough money to settle permanently in Nova Scotia.

 

The Skilled Worker Stream is for skilled workers, semi-skilled workers and low-skilled workers who have a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer.

Needs a job offer? Yes

Application Fee: None

Processing Time: At least 3 months

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must be between 21 and 55 years old;
  • You must have a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer;
  • You must have at least a high school education;
  • You must have the education, training, licensing or certification required to carry out your job duties;
  • You must have at least 12 months of relevant work experience in the last five years;
  • You must meet language requirements:
    • NOC 0, A or B – CLB 5 in English or French;
    • NOC C or D – CLB 4 in English or French;
  • You must intend to settle in Nova Scotia;
  • You must have enough money to settle permanently in Nova Scotia.

 

The Occupation In-Demand Stream is for candidates with an eligible job offer in an intermediate-skilled occupation (NOC Skill Level C).

Needs a job offer? Yes

Application Fee: None

Processing Time: At least 3 months

Occupations:

  • Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413);
  • Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511);
  • Heavy equipment operators, except crane (NOC 7521);
  • Construction trades helpers and labourers (NOC 7611).

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must be between 21 and 55 years old;
  • You must have a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in one of the occupations outlined above;
  • You must have one year of relevant work experience;
  • You must have at least a high school education;
  • You must have the appropriate training or education required for the job;
  • You must meet the minimum language requirement of CLB 4;
  • You must have enough money to settle permanently in Nova Scotia.

 

The International Graduates in Demand Stream is for international graduates who have a full-time job offer from a Nova Scotia employer as nurse aides, orderlies, patient service associates or early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 3413 and NOC 4214).

Needs a job offer? Yes

Application Fee: None

Processing Time: At least 3 months

Occupations:

  • Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates (NOC 3413);
  • Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214).

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must have a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in an occupation listed above;
  • You must be between 21 and 55 years old;
  • You must have at least a high school education;
  • You must have completed a course of study that is at least 30 weeks long, in the last three years. At least half of the program must have been completed in Nova Scotia;
  • You must have the certifications required for the job;
  • You must meet the language requirement of CLB 5;
  • You must have enough money to settle permanently in Nova Scotia.

 

The Nova Scotia Occupation in Demand Stream is designed to target specific NOC Skill Level C-related jobs that are in high demand in the province of Nova Scotia.

 

The Entrepreneur Stream is for candidates who wish to start or acquire a business and settle permanently in Nova Scotia.

Needs a job offer? No

Application Fee: None

Processing Time: At least 3 months

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must be at least 21 years old;
  • You must have a minimum of CAD $600,000 in Net Business and Personal Assets;
  • You must have accumulated your net worth through legal means;
  • You must have a minimum of three years of business ownership experience (at least a third ownership) or more than five years in a senior business manager role in the last 10 years;
  • You must agree to make a minimum capital investment of CAD $150,000 in Nova Scotia to establish or purchase your business;
  • You must meet the language requirements of CLB 5 in English or French;
  • You must have at least a high school education;
  • You must have a Business Establishment Plan;
  • You must agree to live in Nova Scotia.

 

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is for graduates who completed at least two years of full-time study from a recognized Nova Scotia university or community college, have operated their own business in Nova Scotia for at least one year, and who wish to settle permanently in Nova Scotia.

Needs a job offer? No

Application Fee: None

Processing Time: At least 3 months

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must have a full-time Nova Scotia post-secondary diploma or degree that is at least two years long;
  • You must have lived in Nova Scotia full time during your academic program;
  • You must intend to live in Nova Scotia permanently;
  • You must have already owned and operated a business in Nova Scotia for at least one year before submitting your EOI;
  • You must meet the language requirement of CLB 7;
  • You must be at least 21 years old;
  • You must have a valid Post Graduate Work Permit;
  • You must own a third of the equity of the eligible business;
  • You must have participated in the daily management of the business;
  • You must show that you are receiving compensation from the business, as a salary.

 

The Physician Stream is for internationally-trained general practitioners, family physicians and specialist physicians with a signed employment offer from Nova Scotia’s healthcare authorities.

Needs a job offer? No

Application Fee: None

Processing Time: At least 3 months

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must be a general practitioner, family physician or specialist physician (NOC 3111 or 3112);
  • You must have a signed approved opportunity with the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre;
  • Must have the education or training required for licensure in Nova Scotia.