Nova Scotia is a province in eastern Canada and it is the most populous of Canada’s three Maritime Provinces and four Atlantic provinces. It is the country’s second-most densely populated province and second-smallest province by area, both after neighboring Prince Edward Island.

Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program:

Through the Nova Scotia PNP, prospective immigrants who have the skills and experience targeted by the province may be nominated for immigration. Candidates, who receive a Nova Scotia Nomination certificate, may have their application fast-tracked, speeding up the immigration process.

The Nova Scotia PNP receives immigration applications under the following:
  • Physician Stream: This stream was created to hire health professionals like general practitioners, family physicians, and specialists to work in the province. The Physician Stream enables trained medical professionals to become permanent residents of Nova Scotia, with the help of two medical authorities, the:
    • Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA); and the
    • o Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre (IWK)

    The stream was created to help the province deal with its shortage of skilled and experienced medical practitioners.

  • Skilled Worker Stream: This stream helps employers find and employ foreign workers and recent graduates. This stream was created to deal with a shortage of skilled workers, where local Canadians did not have the required skills to deal with these jobs.
  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream: To be selected for this stream, the candidate must first enter into the federal Express Entry pool. The province may nominate the applicant who meets the labour market needs of Nova Scotia at a particular time. The candidate can only apply if you receive a Letter of Interest form the Nova Scotian Office of Immigration.
  • Nova Scotia Demand -Express Entry Stream: : The inception of this program was for highly skilled workers to apply to work and live in the province with the chance of gaining the status of a permanent resident. There are two sub-categories for this program, called Category A & Category B.
    • Category A for applicants with a job offer from the employers in the province.
    • Category B is for applicants who have experience in an opportunity occupation.
  • Nova Scotia Experience -Express Entry Stream: This stream chooses applicants who have at least one year of work experience in a skilled occupation in the province. This stream lets you become a permanent resident of Nova Scotia. Please note that this stream is a pilot program and may be changed by the government of Nova Scotia.
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program: This program was created in 2017 to help Nova Scotia manage its labour shortages. Companies from the province have collaborated to become part of the program to help bring in foreign talent. The AIPP allows successful candidates who are endorsed by the province to apply for permanent residency directly to the IRCC. There is also an option for foreign workers to get a temporary work permit while their application is processed.