Nova Scotia Immigration’s New Pilot Program

A new pilot program is being unveiled by Nova Scotia Immigration in an effort to address crucial labour market shortages occurring in this province. As one of the Atlantic Provinces, Nova Scotia suffers the same labour scarcity as Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. These provinces have seen a lot of success with other pilots such as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program which relies on local businesses to source talent overseas and settle them in the region.

This will mark the eighth pathway (if the Express Entry streams are considered as one category) offered by Nova Scotia under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) which was designed for the purpose of targeting certain fields that are not being filled locally. This aids the federal government in meeting its goals to welcome over a million foreign nationals into the workforce as well. Read on to find out more about the new program and whether you would be eligible to qualify under its requirements.

The Pilot Program

Nova Scotia unveiled a new pilot program for in-demand workers.

The new pilot that is being launched is specifically for intermediate-skilled workers (NOC skill level C) and will be open for three years. This window is the same as the government with completion being at the end of 2021. The occupations listed by the pilot are subject to change as the labour market needs to evolve throughout the years.

Current occupations listed:

  • NOC 3413 - Nurses Aides, Orderlies & Patient Service Associates;
  • and NOC 7511 - Transport Truck Drivers.
Requirements
Work Experience
  • At least one year of work experience.
Age
  • Aged 21-55.
Qualifications
  • High school diploma;
  • and appropriate certificate/accreditation in chosen field.
Language Ability
  • CLB in French or English.
Funds
  • Enough resources to settle.
Employment
  • Job offer from a recognized employer.

Why Nova Scotia?

Nova Scotia unveiled a new pilot program for in-demand workers.

Newcomers will love the atmosphere of Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax which sits on the water. Weekend adventures consist of trips to Cape Breton Island and visits to Victorian remnants scattered about town. The average family home in the province is around $229, 123 CAD while the average salary sits at $48, 719 CAD per year. Considering that (like everywhere else in Canada) basic education and public healthcare are free, immigrants can have a high quality of life in Nova Scotia, no matter their occupation.

Ways to Immigrate

Nova Scotia unveiled a new pilot program for in-demand workers.

There are quite a few ways to get the immigration process started, including getting sponsorship from a citizen or permanent resident in Canada as well as working in the country on a temporary work permit. However, the most popular ways have to be the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and the federal programs under Express Entry.

Other PNP Streams

If you are not eligible for the new stream offered by Nova Scotia Immigration, your chances are by no means narrow. There is a pathway to permanent residence and a new life in New Brunswick on offer for almost every level of skill and background that there is.

Nova Scotia PNP
ProgramDescription
Nova Scotia Demand: Express EntryFor candidates who are already enrolled in the Express Entry pool and fall into one of 11 in-demand occupations listed by the province.
Nova Scotia Experience: Express EntryFor candidates who are already enrolled in the Express Entry pool and have at least one year of working experience for a local employer.
Nova Scotia Labour Market PrioritiesFor candidates who meet a labour market shortage in the province who are enrolled in Express Entry.
Skilled Worker StreamFor candidates who work in a NOC skill level 0, A or B (in exceptional cases C and D) occupation and have a job offer from a local employer.
Entrepreneur StreamFor candidates looking to purchase, co-own or establish a business in the province of Nova Scotia while actively managing it.
International Graduate Entrepreneur StreamFor recent graduates from recognized local institutions who are looking to purchase, co-own or establish a business in the province.
Physician StreamFor candidates who are healthcare practitioners in the fields of family, general or specialist practice.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot ProgramFor candidates who have been made an offer of crucial employment by a local employer in one of the Atlantic provinces.

Express Entry System

The Express Entry system was created in 2015 to umbrella the three federal programs in a fast-track system that sees applicants’ profiles processed in as little as six months. These programs are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class which are all aimed at skilled and semi-skilled workers with work experience.

To apply for one of these programs, applicants need to create an online profile detailing their background. This profile is then scored according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and, if eligible, entered into the Express Entry pool. The highest-scoring candidates are then selected from this pool and issued with Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in draws that typically happen every two weeks.

CRS Criteria Awards Points For:

  • Age
  • CLB Language proficiency (English and French)
  • Level of Education (In and outside Canada)
  • Work Experience (In and outside Canada)
  • Arranged employment
  • Provincial Nomination achieved
  • Siblings living in Canada as permanent residents/citizens
  • Your spouse’s profile (if married)

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