Nova Scotia PNP

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Nova Scotia PNP Provincial Nominee Program (NSNP)

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is the county of Nova Scotia’s provincial nominee programme, and it provides a variety of immigrants with immigration pathways to enter Canada. Using one of these migration pathways, a large number of immigrants, including international students, skilled professionals, and entrepreneurs as well as temporary foreign workers in Nova Scotia, can receive a permanent residency visa in Canada. Additionally connected to the Federal Express Entry System are some of these sources.

Nova Scotia PNP

Through one of Nova Scotia PNP streams, Nova Scotia seeks for potential applicants by taking into account their human capital and experience, which are necessary to develop the province’s communities and economy. Candidates who meet the qualifying criteria for any of the province’s eight immigration streams may be nominated for Nova Scotia immigration. The initial target processing time for NSNP applications for Canadian immigration are roughly 3 months.

Various Immigration Streams Under NSNP

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program has eight streams:

  • Express Entry – Nova Scotia Experience
  • Express Entry – Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities
  • Express Entry – Nova Scotia Physicians Labor Market Priorities
  • Physician
  • Skilled Worker
  • Entrepreneur
  • Occupations In Demand
  • Overseas Graduate Entrepreneur

Express Entry - Nova Scotia Experience

This section of the Nova Scotia PNP programme corresponds to the Federal Express Entry Program. This route is open to highly skilled immigrants with job experience in Nova Scotia.

Eligibility Criteria For Nova Scotia PNP:-

  1. Atleast  one year of experience in a NOC-classified B, A, or A position in the province.
  2. The age has to fall between 55 and 21.
  3. For those with skilled experience in NOC A and 0 jobs, a graduate degree equivalent to a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  4. French or English language proficiency at CLB – Canadian Language Benchmark level 7 is required. CLB level 5 is required for jobs under NOC B.
  5. Create a profile and submit it to the Canadian Federal Express Entry pool.

Nova Scotia Express Entry LMP - Labor Market Priorities

Priorities of the Labor Market – The province of Nova Scotia’s LMP enables it to give particular professions migration priority. It provides letters of interest to specific professions, with early childhood educators as the first priority position.

Application requirements include:

  1. Possess a LOI offered by the NSNP through the Federal Express Entry system.
  2. They should meet the Express Entry stream’s minimum requirements for work expertise in the field in which you excel.
  3. To meet the Express Entry stream’s minimum requirements for work expertise in the field in which you excel.
  4. Show that you have access to enough money to support your family’s needs while also paying for your family’s travel and immigration charges.
  5. Possess lawful resident status in the country where you are presently residing.
  6. To meet the qualifying requirements in effect at the time you receive the Letter of Interest.

Express Entry - Nova Scotia Physicians Labor Market Priorities

Nova Scotia is able to select qualified doctors from the federal Express Entry pool because to the program Physicians Labor Market Priorities. It specifically focuses on two NOC codes—the National Occupational Classification:

  1. Family doctors – NOC 3111   
  2. Specialist doctors – NOC 3112


The Criteria for this is:-

  • Hold a valid job offer from the IWK Health Centre or Nova Scotia Health Authority as a NOC 3111 – Specialist Physician or NOC 3112 – Family Physician.
  • Dedicate to spending at least two years living and working in the province.
  • Get an Express Entry NSNP LOI – Letter of Interest.
  • Within 30 days of the Letter of Interest’s date of offer, submit your application.
  • Meet the minimal eligibility requirements for the Express Entry-aligned programme for which you are qualified, including work experience.
  • Show that you have the money you need to settle your family and yourself in Nova Scotia.
  • Hold the status of a legal resident in the country where you are presently staying.

Nova Scotia Skilled Worker

This program is driven by employers and is intended for graduates and international workers. After receiving a positive LMIA – Labor Market Impact Assessment, employers in Nova Scotia who are unable to fill open positions with Citizens or PR status holders in Canada may use the Skilled Worker.


  • An employer in Nova Scotia has extended an offer of a full-time, permanent position.
  • 1 year minimum of experience needed for the position (low-skilled and semi-skilled workers are required to have a minimum of 6 months of experience with the employer offering the job).
  • The age has to fall between 55 and 21.
  • Preferably a high school diploma
  • Possess the relevant background , training, and/or certification.
  • For skilled professionals, proficiency in French or English is equivalent to CLB Level 5, while for low- and semi-skilled workers, it is equivalent to CLB Level 4.
  • Financial means for successfully settling in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Occupations In Demand

The province of Nova Scotia is aiming its pilot programme at highly sought-after intermediate-skilled positions. Initially, it was intended for nurses, orderlies, patient service associates, and transport truck drivers. The targeted professions can change depending on the job market’s needs. The National Occupational Classification’s NOC C level jobs are specifically targeted by this stream.

Requirements for this are:-

  • Received a job offer for a full-time, permanent position as a nurse, orderly, or patient service associate from a company in Nova Scotia.
  • 1 year minimum of experience needed for the position.
  • The age has to fall between 55 and 21.
  • Preferably a high school diploma
  • Possess the necessary education, training, or certification for the position.
  • Even if French or English is your first language, you must have Level 4 CLB language proficiency.
  • Possess the financial means to make a successful transition to Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Physician

The Public Health System in Nova Scotia is helped in the appointment of Specialist Physicians, Family Physicians, and General Practitioners by the Physician category in the province. It has been created to help with doctor recruitment and retention for open positions that the province is unable to fill with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Requirements For Nova Scotia PNP:-

  • Hold the status of legal citizen in the country where one is currently residing.
  • Provide documentation of your legal status if you are a worker or temporary visitor in Canada.
  • If you are living outside of Canada, provide documentation of your legal status there.
  • If your status has been lost, you are not eligible to apply until it has been recovered.

Job Offer

Authorized and documented chance to work as a specialty physician (NOC 311) or family physician and general practitioner (NOC 312) at the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre or the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

The official employment offer must be on IWK or NSHA letterhead and must include the following:

  • Dated and bearing the name of the IWK or NSHA physician recruiting authority.
  • Indicate your qualification for licencing through the NS College of Surgeons and Physicians.
  • Indicate that the candidate meets the requirements to submit an application for credentials and permissions with the IWK and NSHA
  • Dated, and including the individual’s signature confirming the offer.
  • Name the NS College of Surgeons and Physicians’ eligibility for licencing.
  • Declare the individual’s eligibility to request access and permissions from the IWK and NSHA.

Training and Education

A certificate of the ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) or other documentation of the medical education and licensure required in Nova Scotia.

Language Proficiency

The employment contract from the IWK or NSHA demonstrates the capability to perform the work in one of Canada’s official languages.

Nova Scotia Entrepreneur

Applicants with senior management expertise or business ownership are targeted in Nova Scotia’s Entrepreneur category. They must live in Nova Scotia, purchase an existing firm or launch a new one, and actively participate in the day-to-day management of that business.

Under the Entrepreneur program, applicants are initially granted a Provisional Work Visa; after one year of business operation, they may then apply for Permanent Residence. Candidates from a pool are invited to apply by the stream using an EOI – Expression of Interest format.

Steps to Apply for NSNP as an Entrepreneur

  • EOI – Expression of Interest
  • ITA – Invite to Apply
  • Trade Performance Agreement and In-Person Interview
  • Work Visa and Launch of Business in Nova Scotia
  • Nomination requisition
  • Application for permanent residency

Minimum Requirements for NSNP’s Entrepreneur Stream

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Plan to own and actively operate a business in Nova Scotia and plan to permanently dwell there.
  • Possess a minimum net worth of $600,000.
  • Spend at least $150,000 to start or buy a firm in the region.
  • Possess 5 years or more of senior-level business management experience, or at least three years of experience actively managing and operating a business (minimum 33% ownership).
  • Obtain a least CLB Level 5 in writing, reading, listening, and speaking in either English or French.

Nova Scotia Overseas Graduate Entrepreneur

Similar to the Entrepreneur category in Nova Scotia, the Overseas Graduate Entrepreneur category is only open to recent graduates of Nova Scotia Community Colleges or Universities. On the Post Graduate Work Visa, they had to have purchased or started a business in Nova Scotia, and they had to have run it for a full year. If a person plans to relocate to the province, they will receive a PR nomination. Like the Entrepreneur category, this one uses the EOI framework to function.


  1. EOI – Expression of Interest
  2. ITA – Invite to Apply
  3. Personal Interview and Nomination
  4. Application for Permanent Residency



  • Intend to own and actively operate a business in Nova Scotia and intend to permanently dwell there.
  • Possess 100% ownership of and at least one year’s worth of experience running an active business in Nova Scotia.
  • Possess a diploma or degree from a community college or university in Nova Scotia that was earned after completing at least two academic years of full-time, on-campus study.
  • Legal Postgraduate Work Permit.
  • Obtain a minimum CLB Level 7 in writing, reading, listening, and speaking in either English or French.

Nova Scotia Occupation in-Demand stream

The education and health sectors in particular, which provide adequate job possibilities for the highly trained, are represented on the PNP Occupation List for Nova Scotia. Although there is a significant labour shortage in the service industries, some jobs demand immediate attention. Professionals who meet the NSNP qualifications can make a significant contribution to the future growth of the state.

  • Here are a few of the most recent and important positions that are in high demand in Nova Scotia:
  • Administrative Assistants – 1241 B
  • Accounting and associated Clerks – 1311 B
  • Professional Occupations in Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations – 1123 A
  • Licensed Practical Nurses – 3233 B
  • Other Financial Officers – 1114 A 
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurses and Nurses – 3012 A
  • Financial Auditors and Accountants – 1111 A
  • Paralegal and associated Occupations – 4211 B
  • Other Vocational and College Instructors – 4021 A
  • Community and Social Service workers – 4212 B

Eligibility of Nova Scotia PNP

The Express Entry system is designed to be fair and transparent and to make it easier for skilled workers to come to Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

This stream is for applicants with a permanent, full-time job offer from a Nova Scotia employer who can demonstrate that they have made an effort to fill the position with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident before extending the offer of employment to the applicant. The stream is composed of three different categories:

  • Skilled Workers
  • Semi-Skilled Workers; and
  • Low-Skilled Workers.