The province of Nova Scotia in Canada has held its latest round of invitations under the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] of Canada, more commonly referred to as Canada PNP.
On March 29, 2021, Nova Scotia invited Canada immigration candidates to apply for a nomination – for Canadian permanent residence – by the province through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program [NSNP].
The latest round of Nova Scotia PNP invitations were issued under the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream. Linked with the federal Express Entry stream, the NSNP’s Labour Market Priorities stream is specifically targeted at individuals that meet thelabourneeds of the province.
As the stream aims at filling the requirements of a dynamic labour market, as per the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration [NSOI], “what we are looking for in applicants changes as the needs of our labour market change.”
|The NSOI partners with communities, employers and settlement service providers to ensure provision and support of settlement services throughout Nova Scotia.|
Access to settlement services and programming are regarded to be crucial in supporting the retention of immigrants into any province or territory.
Eligibility requirements in the NSNP draws are of 2 kinds. While there is in place general criteria applicable to all draws held by the province under a specific category, there is also a draw-specific criteria that varies from draw to draw.
|General criteria for the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream|
§ A valid Express Entry profile with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC]
§ Expressed interest in moving to Nova Scotia
§ Received a letter of Interest from the NSOI
§ Meet the specific criteria applicable at the time of receiving NSNP invitation
§ Meet the work experience requirements for the specific Express Entry program* qualifying under
§ During the work experience gained, at least 51% of the main duties fulfilled were as per the National Occupational Classification [NOC] Codefor job
§ Proof of immigration status in the country currently living in
§ Can demonstrate ability of supporting themselves and family
§ Intention of living in Nova Scotia
*3 main economic immigration programs of Canada are managed through the federal Express Entry system. These are – the Federal Skilled Worker Program [FSWP], the Federal Skilled Trades Program [FSTP], and the Canadian Experience Class [CEC].
|Draw-specific criteria for the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream draw held on March 29|
· French as first official language, with a Canadian Language Benchmarks [CLB] level of 9 or above in all language abilities
· English as a second official language, with a CLB Level 7* or above in English in all the language abilities assessed
· Hold a Bachelor’s degree OR completed a program of 3 or more years at a college, university, trade or technical school etc.
· Include copies of both language tests as well as proof of education with their application.
· Apply before 11:59 pm on April 28, 2021.
*A CLB level 7 in IELTS equates to a 6.0 Bands in all the abilities – Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
Earlier, Nova Scotia had invited 43 entrepreneurs in a February 2021 NSNP draw.
|NSNP draws in 2021|
|Date of Draw||Category/Stream||Details||Number of Invitations issued|
|January 19, 2021||Labour Market Priorities Stream||NOC 1114 [Other financial offices]||Not disclosed|
|February 24, 2021||Entrepreneur Stream||–||43|
|March 29, 2021||Labour Market Priorities Stream||French as first official language||Not disclosed|
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