Immigrating to Nova Scotia in 2021

Nova Scotia is a small Canadian province located in the Maritimes region of the country.
The province is composed of the Nova Scotia peninsula, Cape Breton Island, and over 3,000 smaller islands. Its capital city, Halifax, is known as a major centre for culture and the arts, as well as for its high standard of living. Nova Scotians are closely connected to the sea, and the province is renowned for its coastal beauty and delicious cuisine.

The NSNP is Nova Scotia’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Certificate.


The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), officially the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) launched in 2003.

It launched to help address economic and labour market needs through immigration to the province.

Nova Scotia has been welcoming an increasing number of new permanent immigrants since 2012. The province welcomed 2,339 new immigrants in 2012 and 7,580 in 2019.

Immigration to Nova Scotia has tripled over the last 20 years because of the introduction and continuous development of its provincial program, as well as the introduction of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) in 2017.

In 2018, two thirds of newcomers to the province immigrated through a provincial program or the AIP.

Nova Scotia is expected to continue to welcome over 7,000 new immigrants every year.

The province has a retention rate of over 70 per cent. This means that over 70 per cent of newcomers choose to stay in Nova Scotia. The province’s retention rate has improved because the Nova Scotia PNP and the AIP are looking to match immigration levels with job opportunities. Both the PNP and AIP also help make it easier for international graduates and temporary workers to transition to permanent residence.


Nova Scotia has enhanced streams and base streams. The following streams are enhanced

Enhanced means that the sub-category is aligned with the Express Entry system. The federal government uses the Express Entry system to manage permanent residence applications through Canada’s main economic class immigration programs.

Candidates in the Express Entry system are given a point score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Canada regularly holds Express Entry draws, where they invite the highest-ranking candidates to apply for permanent residence.

If you get a nomination from an enhanced provincial program, you get an extra 600 CRS points, practically guaranteeing getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. You also get your nomination through your Express Entry profile.

The majority Nova Scotia’s immigration streams are base streams. This means that they are not aligned with the Express Entry system. Candidates who get a provincial nomination are required to apply directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Nova Scotia Immigration Streams:

The Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry is for skilled applicants who have worked for a Nova Scotia employer for at least one year and who have a profile on the federal Express Entry system.

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities is for candidates who meet specific labour market needs. The skilled occupations can change with each invitation round. Candidates need to have an Express Entry profile.

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians is for general practitioners, family physicians and specialist physicians (NOC 3111 and 3112) who have an approved job offer in Nova Scotia. Candidates need to have an Express Entry profile. NOC refers to the National Occupational Classification.

The Skilled Worker Stream is for skilled workers, semi-skilled workers and low-skilled workers who have a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer. Occupation In-Demand Stream is for candidates with an eligible job offer in an intermediate-skilled occupation (NOC Skill Level C).

The International Graduates in Demand Stream is for international graduates who have a full-time job offer from a Nova Scotia employer as nurse aides, orderlies, patient service associates or early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 3413 and NOC 4214).

The Nova Scotia Occupation in Demand Stream is designed to target specific NOC Skill Level C related jobs that are in high demand in the province of Nova Scotia.

The Entrepreneur Stream is for candidates who wish to start or acquire a business and settle permanently in Nova Scotia.

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The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is for graduates who completed at least two years of full-time study from a recognized Nova Scotia university or community college, have operated their own business in Nova Scotia for at least one year, and who wish to settle permanently in Nova Scotia.

The Physician Stream is for internationally-trained general practitioners, family physicians and specialist physicians with a signed employment offer from Nova Scotia’s healthcare authorities.

In many of the following streams, you must meet the minimum language requirements. This will be according to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB). This is a scale between 1 and 12, that measures your language ability.


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