Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program

Nova Scotia is one among the four Atlantic provinces of Canada with a population of 1 million. It is located on the east coast of Canada and holds a number of the island in it (3800). Halifax is the political capital city of Nova Scotia, with a population of 4,00,000 which is considered as the important seaport of Canada and the gateway of the Atlantic Ocean as well.

What is Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program? 

This provincial Nominee program is created for immigrants who wish to settle in Nova Scotia.Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSNP) is the fastest way to get permanent residency in Canada for individuals who wish to settle in this province.

Nova Scotia Immigration – Why Nova Scotia?

Nova Scotia proffers a high quality of life in concern with work, family, relaxation, and responsibility to the immigrants who wish to settle over there. The land is beautifully surrounded by the rolling beauty of the sea, lush green forests, lakes, rivers, and many breath-taking sceneries. Combined with this it also has growing cities, one of the most enjoyable places to live in Canada.

Nova Scotia has many recreational and fun activities, delicious cuisines, opus of languages, historical landmarks, culture for the immigrants to enjoy with their families. Among all the provinces in Canada, the cost of living in Nova Scotia is low. This province is very famous for its water sports in the summer like kayaking and paddleboarding.

Nova Scotia also encloses the Bay of Fundy, the most attractive tourist destination in Canada. The place is known for its drastic high and low tide. The capital of Nova Scotia is Halifax. Halifax holds a prestigious history of receiving the first set of immigrants to Canada, where it received all the immigrants during the arrival; it is also found to be the oldest settlement area of the African-Canadian community. English is the official language of Nova Scotia, even though the settled Nova Scotian Acadians used to speak French since their origin.

How to Apply for Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program?

  • The candidate must create an Express Entry profile within the IRCC system; it will generate a certain user-id with a key to upload the required documents for verification whenever necessary without an Express Entry profile, it is not possible to move forward with the provincial nominee program.
  • Now the candidate needs to apply for the NSNP by providing all the supporting documents like travel documents, educational qualification certificates, work experience, and proof of identity.
  • In the third step, the immigration officers assess your application in various perspective before moving on to the final step, the assessment involves:
  • Verifying the educational qualification, where it must be similar to Canadian standards and relevant to the job applied.
  • Verifying work experience, where the board cross-check with the authenticity of a previous employer and the relevancy to the job applied now by the candidate.
  • Submission of language proficiency test reports which includes the mark sheet (acquired in English or French) with minimum marks fulfilling the eligibility criteria.
  • Must provide valid documents regarding “proof of funds” to move on and settle in the province of Nova Scotia as an individual or as a family.
  • Must submit identity verification proof to justify that the concerned applicant is the citizen of the nation to which they belong/stay/live.
  • After the verification process gets completed by the immigration board then they will send an invite from the IRCC committee to the candidate, to apply for the PR process and it must take place within 30 days.

High Demanded Jobs in Nova Scotia and their National Occupational Code (NOC)

  • Financial Auditors and Accountants- 1111
  • Financial Officers- 1114
  • Advertising, Marketing and Public Relation Professionals- 1123
  • Administrative Assistants- 1241
  • Accounting related clerks- 1311
  • Civil Engineers- 2131
  • Registered Nurses and Psychiatric Nurses- 3012
  • Licensed Practical Nurses- 3233
  • Instructors for Colleges and Vocational Courses- 4021
  • Paralegal and Other related Occupations- 4211
  • Social and Community Service Workers- 4212

Factors influencing Nova Scotia Entry Calculation

Educational Qualification Points
Doctorate 25
Masters 23
More than two 3 years course 22
3+ years of education post-secondary 21
2 years of education post secondary 19
1 year of education post secondary 15
Secondary schooling education 5
Fields Levels Points
Reading/Writing/Listening/Speaking (English) Intermediate 4
Reading/Writing/Listening/Speaking (English) High Intermediate 5
Reading/Writing/Listening/Speaking (English) Advanced 6
Reading/Writing/Listening/Speaking (English) For Spouse 5
Reading/Writing/Listening/Speaking (English) All the levels 4
Work Experience Points
1 year 9
2-3 years 11
4-5 years 13
6+ years 15
Applicant’s Age Points
18-35 12
36 11
37 10
38 9
39 8
40 7
41 6
42 5
43 4
44 3
45 2
46 1
47 and above 0

Requirements for Nova Scotia PNP Program

  • The concerned candidate must be the legal citizen of the country in which they are staying/living while applying for the NSNP process.
  • Must hold an essential educational qualification certificate that demands the job and it should be equivalent to Canadian educational standards.
  • The job category must not fall below the standards of NOC C or D.
  • The candidate must have a minimum of 1-year experience acquired in the last 10 years and it must be related to the job they apply for.
  • Must have cleared language proficiency test (either in English or French) with minimum marks according to profile to get qualified.

Categories of Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program

  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream
  • Labour Market Priorities for Physicians
  • Entrepreneur Stream
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
  • International Graduates in Demand Stream
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Occupations in Demand Stream
  • Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Experience Express Entry

1. Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream

The immigrants who wish to get into this stream should enter the federal Express Entry Pool. From the Express Entry, the province will choose the immigrant; if their profile meets their labour market needs at a particular time. If their profile is selected the immigrants will receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia immigration office.


  • Letter of Interest from Nova Scotia Immigration office.
  • They must meet the work experience required for the Express Entry.
  • The immigrants should have sufficient funds to support themselves.
  • They should have legal status in their country of residence.

2. Labour Market Priorities for Physicians

This stream was created to hire health professionals like general practitioners, family physicians, specialists to work for the welfare of the province. This stream will help the trained medical professionals to become a permanent resident of Nova Scotia with the help of two medical authorities:

  • Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and
  • Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre (IWK).

3. Entrepreneur Stream

If this stream is mainly for business owners or managers who wish to live in Nova Scotia. With the help of this stream, the immigrant can either start a business or can buy an existing one. If they actively managed the business for a year, they will be nominated for permanent residence in the province.


  • Should be 21 years of age or older.
  • Should be interested in actively running or managing a business in Nova Scotia.
  • Should have at least one year of experience in managing or owning a business.
  • Should have a completed their degree or diploma in Nova Scotia.
  • Should have at least a score of CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) 7 in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in both English and French.
  • Should have received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the Nova Scotia Immigration Office.

4. International Graduate in Demand Stream

This is a new stream that is created to help the recent graduates who have obtained their qualifications in the following job categories:

  1. Nursing aids and
  2. Early childhood educators and assistants.


  • The immigrant should have a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer.
  • Have one year of experience related to the job profile.
  • Should have a high school diploma.
  • They should have a certificate, diploma, or degree (NOC3413) or diploma or degree (NOC4214).
  • They should have scored at least 5 for Canadian Language Benchmark for English or French if you are a skilled worker.
  • They should have certifications issued by NS regulatory bodies required for their job.
  • Should show proof that they have enough funds to settle in Nova Scotia.

5. Skilled Worker Stream

Through this stream, employers can employ foreign workers and recent graduates. This stream is created to sort out the shortage of skilled workers, where local Canadians did not have the required skills to deal with these jobs. For permanent residency, the immigrants should either meet one of these skill categories: skilled NOC (0, A or B), semi-skilled NOC (C), or low-skilled worker NOC (D).


  • They should have a permanent job offer from a Nova Scotian employer.
  • They should have at least one year of work experience related to the job.
  • Their age should be between 21 to 55 years.
  • Should have score CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) either in English or in French for a skilled worker.
  • The semi-skilled or low-skilled worker should score CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) either in English or in French.

6. Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

This program is designed for highly skilled workers to work, live and settle in a particular province to gain permanent residence. There are two categories in the province: Category A and Category B.

Category A: This is for highly skilled workers who have a job offer with them.

Category B: This category is for applicants who have experience in an opportunity occupation. Depending on the needs of the province, the program opens and closes throughout the year.


  • Their profile should be registered with the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada Express Entry System.
  • They should score at least 67 points from the 6 selection factors.
  • Should have a full-time permanent job offer from the Nova Scotian employer.
  • Should have gained one year of skilled work experience related to the job.
  • Should score at least CLB 7 either in French or in English.


  • Their profile should be registered with the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada Express Entry system.
  • They should score at least 67 points from the 6 selection factors.
  • Should score at least CLB 7 either in French or in English.
  • Should have one year of skilled work experience in one of the required occupations.
  • Should have a Canadian high school degree or a degree that matches their standards.
  • They must show that they have enough resources to support themselves and also their financial dependants.

7. Nova Scotia Express Entry

Immigrants should have at least one year of work experience in skilled occupations to qualify themselves for this stream.


  • Should have at least one year of full-time or part-time work experience in Nova Scotia to get qualified for a skilled job.
  • Should have gained the work experience legally in the province through a work permit,
  • They should be around 22 to 55 years old.
  • Should possess a high school degree or a degree that meets this qualification.
  • Should have funds to support themselves and their dependents in the province.
  • Should score CLB of 7 NOC 0 and A, score CLB of 5 for NOC B.
  • Their profile should be registered with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Express Entry System.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can you apply for the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program?

To apply for the NSPNP the immigrant has to fill the application form with their supporting documents and submit their application by mail to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration for review or they can apply online also. Once the application is approved, they will receive a letter of confirmation from the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada).

2. What are the basic requirements for the Nova Scotia Skilled Worker Category?

The immigrant should have the following:

  • Should have a guaranteed job offer in a skill area that is a shortage in Nova Scotia.
  • They have a full-time, permanent job offer from a Nova Scotian employer.
  • Should have a basic language proficiency in English or French
  • The age should be between 25 to 60 years old.

3. What is the Nova Scotia PNP processing time?

The processing time for the Nova Scotia PNP varies based on the immigrant’s profile. The selection process may take up to 3 months. Once the profile is selected, they can apply for immigration within 6 months.

4. How to apply for Nova Scotia PNP without a job offer?

The Nova Scotian government has designed Regional Market Stream. This stream does not require any job offer to apply for permanent residency through NSNP (Nova Scotia Nominee Program). The purpose of the program is to enable the immigrants who do not possess or meet provincial labour market or economic requirements to settle in Nova Scotia.

5. Can I bring my family with me to Canada if express entry through Nova Scotia PNP?

Yes, the immigrant can bring their family with them if they are accepted through Canada Express Entry through the Nova Scotia Program.

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