Nova Scotia held a new draw inviting Express Entry candidates with a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer on December 1.
To be eligible for the December 1 draw, candidates had to meet the following selection criteria:
have received a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer for full-time (at least 30 hours per week) skilled work in Nova Scotia;
have one year of qualified job-related experience;
have obtained a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent;
have language ability in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark level 5;
have a valid express entry profile and meet all IRCC criteria for the express entry pool.
A total of 5 draws were held through the Labour Market Priorities Stream this year. Previous draws have targeted nurses, interactive media developers, auto body shops, francophones, and advertising, marketing or public relations professionals. The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) allows the province to nominate a set number of immigration candidates for Canadian permanent residence each year through nine streams tailored to specific economic needs in the province. Four of these streams are linked to the Express Entry system, which manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs — Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class. Express Entry candidates who are approved for a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia receive an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System score and are effectively fast-tracked for an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence. In order to be considered for a provincial nomination through Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream, the first required step is to enter a profile in the Express Entry pool. The province of Nova Scotia enjoys a privileged location on the Atlantic coast of Canada. With more than 13,000 km of coastline, the ocean is always within reach. The capital of Nova Scotia is Halifax, and its waterfront is the most visited destination in the entire province.