Nova Scotia PNP - Get Canada PR though Nova Scotia PNP

Nova Scotia PNP

Nova Scotia is one of the 4 original provinces – along with Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick – that together constituted the Dominion of Canada in 1867.

While the early explorers to Canada referred to the area as ‘Acadia’, the present name of the province, meaning “New Scotland” in Latin, can be traced to the brief claims laid by Scotland to the region during the 1620s.

The province of Nova Scotia consists of the Nova Scotia peninsula, Cape Breton Island and various small adjacent islands.

Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia.

The other prominent cities in Nova Scotia include – Cape Breton, Stellarton, Truro, Antigonish, Yarmouth, Kentville, Amherst, New Glasgow, and Bridgewater.

Nova Scotia finds its place both among the Atlantic Provinces of Canada as well as the Canadian Maritime Provinces. 

The term “Atlantic Canada” is used for collectively referring to the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

The Canadian Maritime Provinces, on the other hand, include New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia.

Being a part of the PNP of Canada, Nova Scotia runs its own provincial program – the Nova Scotia Nominee Program [NSNP] – for the induction of newcomers into the province.

It is through the Nova Scotia PNPthat prospective immigrants – with the skills and experience targeted by the province – might be nominated by the NSNP to immigrate to Nova Scotia.

Foreigners intending to settle within the province of Nova Scotia in Canada can opt for either of the 2 routes available – the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] or the Atlantic Immigration Program [AIP].

Step-wise process for immigrating to Nova Scotia through the PNP or the AIP




Get a job offer [if required]

Get a job offer


Gathering required documents

Verifying that Nova Scotia employer is genuine.


Submitting complete application to Nova Scotia Office of Immigration [NSOI]

Contacting settlement service organization for a settlement plan.


Receiving nomination from NSOI

Providing employer with required documents


Employer submits endorsement application to NSOI


NSOI endorses candidate

Nova Scotia PNP pathways available



Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities

Linked with the federal Express Entry system.

Express Entry candidates meeting the provincial labour needs might be issued an invitation – a Letter of Interest – from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration [NSOI].

Only those that receive an LOI from the NSOI may apply to the stream.

Labour Market Priorities for Physicians

Linked with the federal Express Entry system.

Only candidates with an approved offer from Nova Scotia’s public health authorities –the Nova Scotia Health Authority [NSHA] or the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre [IWK] – that have received an LOI from the NSOI might apply.


Allows Nova Scotia’s public health authorities – the Nova Scotia Health Authority [NSHA] or the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre [IWK] – to recruit and retain physicians [general practitioners, specialist physicians, and family physicians] with the required skills for positions that they had been unable to fill with a Canadian PR or citizen of Canada.


For experienced business owners or senior managers that wish to immigrate to Nova Scotia.

Can either start a new business or buy an existing business in Nova Scotia.

Must be actively involved in the day-to-day management of that business.

The entrepreneur might be nominated for Canadian permanent residence after operating the business for 1 year.

Application to the stream is by invitation only.

International Graduate Entrepreneur

For recent graduates of either the Nova Scotia Community College or of a Nova Scotia university.

Must have already bought/started a business in the province and operated it for a minimum of 1 year.

Application to the stream is by invitation only.

Skilled Worker

For hiring foreign workers and recently graduated international students that have skills needed in Nova Scotia.

Hiring of foreign workers can only be done for positions that the employer has been unable to fill locally [with either Canadian permanent residents or citizens of Canada].

Occupations in Demand

Targets specific NOC C occupations that are in high demand in the provincial labour market.

As of now, the targeted occupations are NOC 3413 [Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates] and NOC 7511 [Transport truck drivers].

Eligible occupations are subject to change.

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

Linked with the federal Express Entry system.

For highly skilled individuals that intend living in Nova Scotia permanently.

Minimum 1 year of experience – of working in Nova Scotia in a high skilled occupation will be required.

An Express Entry candidate that is successful in securing a PNP nomination – through any of the Express Entry-aligned PNP streams – is automatically allotted 600 additional points towards their CRS scores.

Coming into play when the profiles are in the Express Entry poll, it is the Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] that determines as to which profiles are invited to apply for Canada PR.

As it is the highest-ranked candidates, based on the CRS scores, that are invited by IRCC, a PNP nomination is a guarantee of that Express Entry candidate being issued an ITA in the next federal draw to be held.

NSNP application process

With effect from January 4, 2021, applications will only be accepted online. Emailed and printed applications have been discontinued.

Y-Axis can help you with

  • Qualification / Education Assessment
  • Customized Document Checklist and critical document templates
  • Guidance on key documentation requirements

Filing of an online application form to create a profile for Invitation

How can I know if a job is a skilled position?

The NSNP considers anjob to be a skilled occupation if it comes under the National Occupational Classification [NOC] Levels 0 [management jobs], A [professional jobs], or B [technical jobs]. Such high skilled positions receive priority processing with the NSNP.

What is the National Occupational Classification [NOC] of Canada?

A nationally-accepted reference for the purposes of classifying and understanding occupations in Canada, the NOC contains more than 40,000 jobs titles into 500 group descriptions.

What is the standard processing time for applications submitted to the NSNP?

Typically, a completed application can be expected to be processed by the NSOI in around 3 months’ time.

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