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How to immigrate to Nova Scotia

Updated: Mar 23

Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s Maritime Provinces, along with New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Halifax is the capital city of the province
Nova Scotia Canada

Nova Scotia is well known because it became the place of the first permanent European settlement in North America north of Florida when the French established a fur-trading post in 1605.

Nova Scotia has a diversified economy based on land and sea resources. It is noticeable that traditional industries such as fishing, forestry, and mining are in decline.

Meanwhile, other service industries such as tourism, supply chain, educational and financial services, health and social services, restaurants, hotels, and government employment are booming across the province.

Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Program

Through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, people from around the world with the skills and experiences needed by the province of Nova Scotia may be nominated to immigrate as permanent residents.

What are the streams of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program

To be eligible under one of these streams, you must meet the criteria in one of the stream requirements.

The following are the pathways you can immigrate to NS:

  • Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities

  • Labor Market Priorities for Physicians

  • Physician

  • Entrepreneur

  • International Graduate Entrepreneur

  • International Graduates In Demand

  • Skilled Worker

  • Occupations in Demand

  • Critical Construction Worker Pilot

  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

Immigrate a s a permanent resident to Nova Scotia
You need to have an assessment to determine if you qualify

The Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities stream:

If you wish to participate, you must be selected from the federal Express Entry system and have received a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.

The Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities stream for physicians:

It is designed to select physicians to apply for nomination through the federal Express Entry system. Only general practitioners and family physicians (NOC 31102) and specialist physicians (NOC 31100 and NOC 31101), with an approved offer from the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre, may apply.

The Physician Stream:

It aims to assist Nova Scotia’s public health authorities – the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre (IWK) – in hiring general practitioners, family physicians, and specialist physicians to work in Nova Scotia with signed approved opportunities with the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre.

Immigrate as a doctor to Nova Scotia
Doctors have two immigration streams.

The Entrepreneur Stream:

Are you an experienced business owner or senior business manager who wants to settle down in Nova Scotia? You can start a new business or buy an existing one and actively participate in the day-to-day management of the business.

After running the business for a year, you may be granted nomination for permanent resident status if the provincial government sends you an invitation.

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream:

This immigration stream is for recent graduates of Nova Scotia universities or the Nova Scotia Community College.

They must have already started or bought a Nova Scotia business and operated it for at least a year.

You can stablish your own business in Nova Scotia
Entrepreneurs are welcome

The International Graduates in Demand stream:

This is intended for recent international students in Nova Scotia whose specific skills and education; and is currently open to:

  • NOC 32102: Paramedical occupations.

  • NOC 32124: Pharmacy technicians.

  • NOC 33102: nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates.

  • NOC 42202: early childhood educators and assistants.

The Skilled Worker stream:

The province has this stream to assist employers in recruiting foreign workers and recently graduated international students. Some requirements are:

  • Have a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer and one year of work experience related to the job.

The Occupations in Demand stream:

This stream targets specific TEER categories 3, 4 or 5.

You need to secure a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in one of the following occupations:

  • NOC 33102 (Nurse Aides)

  • NOC 65200 (Food and beverage servers)

  • NOC 65201 (Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations)

  • NOC 65310 (Light duty cleaners)

  • NOC 73300 (Transport truck drivers)

  • NOC 73400 (Heavy equipment operators)

  • NOC 75110 (Construction trades helpers and laborers)

The Critical Construction Worker Pilot – Job Offer Pathway:

This pathway is unique in Canada and for people with a permanent, full-time job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in one of these occupations:

  • 70010 – Construction managers

  • 70011 – Home building and renovation managers

  • 72011 – Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations

  • 72014 – Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers, and servicers

  • 72020 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades

  • 72106 – Welders and related machine operators

  • 72200 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)

  • 72201 – Industrial electricians

  • 72310 – Carpenters

  • 72320 – Bricklayers

  • 72401 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

  • 72402 – Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics

  • 72500 – Crane operators

  • 73100 – Concrete finishers

  • 73102 – Plasterers, drywall installers finishers and lathers

  • 73110 – Roofers and shingles

  • 73200 – Residential and commercial installers and servicers

  • 73400 – Heavy equipment operators

  • 75101 – Material handlers

  • 75110 – Construction trades helpers and laborers

  • 75119 – Other trades helpers and laborers

Constructions workers are welcome to bring their skills and experiences.
Constructions workers are welcome to bring their skills and experiences.

We hope that this article has been helpful to you; if you want to talk to me to guide you through this process, write to me at 

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