The Nova Scotia Nominee Program is the province’s primary pathway to immigration for international applicants. As the first and foremost immigration platform for Nova Scotia, it is the equivalent of the Provincial Nomination Programs of other Canadian provinces like Quebec, British Columbia, Ontario etc. Similar to these programs it offers multiple pathways/streams to international applicants who want to come and live as well as work in Canada. One of the highlights of this program is that while it is meant for immigration to Nova Scotia exclusively, it can also substantiate an applicant’s Express Entry immigration bid by providing them with a Provincial nomination. So, upon receiving a nomination from Nova Scotia you could boost your overall Canada immigration bid and increase the likelihood of being selected.
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 NSNP accepts applications under the following immigration streams:
Nova Scotia uses the federal government's Express Entry immigration selection system in order to select candidates for Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry. This stream, which came into effect on January 1, 2015, is for highly-skilled individuals with a post-secondary education and qualifications that will help them successfully settle in Nova Scotia. There is a list of 11 eligible occupations for this stream.
Nova Scotia uses the federal government's Express Entry immigration selection system in order to select candidates for this stream, which provides a pathway to permanent residence for highly skilled applicants who have worked for a Nova Scotia employer for at least one year.
The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream allows the province to select Express Entry candidates who meet specified labour market needs. The skilled occupations specified under this dynamic stream can change with each invitation round.
The NSNP accepts applications under this stream from individuals who have received a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer. Workers in skilled, semi-skilled, and low-skilled occupations may be eligible to apply.
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) Entrepreneur Stream is designed to attract individuals who wish to start or acquire a business and settle permanently in Nova Scotia.
The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is open to graduates who have completed at least two years of full-time study from a recognized Nova Scotia university or Nova Scotia Community College, have operated their own business in Nova Scotia for at least one year, and intend to settle permanently in Nova Scotia.
The Physician Stream is open to internationally-trained general practitioners, family physicians and specialist physicians with a signed employment offer from Nova Scotia's healthcare authorities.
Nova Scotia is one of four Atlantic provinces working in partnership with the Government of Canada to recruit foreign workers to fill jobs in Atlantic Canada that have not been filled locally. Foreign nationals interested in participating in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program may be residing abroad or on temporary status in Canada at the time of applying.
All applicants to the pilot must have a job offer from a designated employer that meets the requirements of the program.
NOTE: there are additional forms to submit with your federal application as seen on the CIC provincial nominee program document checklist.