Nova Scotia Provincial nominee program

NOVA SCOTIA Provincial nominee program

The province is bordered to the west by New Brunswick and the state of Maine in the U.S., with Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland to the north.

Nova Scotia's population is over 940,000 and its capital city of Halifax is the economic hub of the region. Nova Scotia has traditionally had a wealth of natural resources, but has diversified its economy since the end of WWII.

New industries, including tourism, technology and finance have joined mainstays such as mining, fishing, agriculture and forestry giving Nova Scotia one of the fastest growing economies in Canada. The Halifax area is also one of Canada's most attractive places to live with above average family incomes and highly affordable real estate.

There are several  Immigration streams:

SKILLED WORKER for those with a valid job offer under NOC 0,A,B.


  • Age 21-55 years old
  • Education: Foreign High School Diploma or Canadian University/College degree
  • Work Experience: 1 year within last 5 years
  • Proof of English/French - CLB5

SEMI-SKILLED and LOW-SKILLED WORKER for those with a valid job offer NOC C,D if they satisfy with the following requirements:

  • Work with the same NS employer for 6 months on a valid Work Permit
  • Be at the age of 21-55 years old
  • Have a High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Have a 1-year work experience
  • Proof of English/French - CLB4

NOTE: Postgraduate work Permit holders on NOC D occupations are not eligible.

DEMAND: EXPRESS ENTRY PROGRAM for those who satisfy with Federal Skilled Worker program requirements


  • Have a full-time job offer under NOC 0,A,B
  • Have a secondary diploma and Educational Credential Assessment if obtained outside of Canada
  • Have a 1-year of full-time (or equivalent) work experience under NOC 0,A,B in the last 5 years
  • CLB 7 in English or French
  • Obtain 67 points mark 

NOTE: Without a job offer, work experience must be in one of the opportunity occupations.

The list of opportunity occupations:

  •  Financial Auditors and Accountants   
  • Financial and Investment Analysts      
  • Human Resources Professionals          
  • Purchasing Agents and Officers          
  • Geoscientists and Oceanographers      
  • Civil Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical and Electronic engineers
  • Computer Engineers
  • Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
  • Database Analysts and Data Administrators
  • Software Engineers
  • Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
  • Web Designers and Developers
  • Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • Drafting Technologists and Technicians
  • Engineering Inspectors and Regulatory Officers
  • User Support Technicians
  • Registered Nurses
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Family, Marriage and other Related Counsellors
  • Financial Sales Representatives                                   

FAMILY BUSINESS WORKER - for those workers or spouses who have a close relative of the business owner or spouse and who has a Job offer under NOC 0,A,B.

Requirements for the Applicant:

  • Age 21-55 years old
  • High School Diploma

Requirements for a Business owner or spouse:

  • Be a Citizen or PR
  • Have lived in NS for 2 years
  • Have ownership 33.33%
  • Be under current management for 2 years
  • Not to be in government assistance for 2 years
  • Submit the letter of intent

THE INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE ENTERPRENEUR STREAM  is for recent graduates of a Nova Scotia university or the Nova Scotia Community College. They must have already started or bought a Nova Scotia business and operated it for at least a year. If they intend to settle in Nova Scotia, the graduate may be nominated for permanent resident status. Application to the stream is by invitation only.


To apply you must:

  • want to live permanently in Nova Scotia while owning and actively managing a Nova Scotia business;
  • have at least one year’s continuous experience actively managing and owning your current Nova Scotia business (100% ownership minimum);
  • have completed a degree or diploma after at least 2 academic years of full-time, in-person study at a university in Nova Scotia or the Nova Scotia Community College;
  • have a valid post-graduation work permit;
  • have a score of at least 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French;
  • complete an online Expression of Interest;
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.

Your contact information

Your personal profile

Civil husband / wife: the person with whom you live together for at least 12 months

Marital Status

What is your Country of Residence
What is your preferred destination in Canada?
Do you have any Dependent Children?

Dependent Children includes all unmarried children that are financially dependent on you, who are less than 19 years old. How many dependent children do you have, according to the following age groups:

12 years and younger
13 to 18 years
19 years and older

Pre-existing Express Entry profile

Have you previously submitted an Express Entry profile to Citizenship and Immigration Canada?

Your Personal Net Worth

Your Personal Net Worth is the current value of all the assets (e.g. properties, investments, stocks, bonds, bank accounts) that you (and your spouse/common-law partner, if applicable) personally own, MINUS the current value of all your combined personal liabilities (e.g. mortgages, loans, credit card balances).

Choose Currency
Net Worth

Your Language Skills

  • ADVANCED: (equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark 9).
  • HIGH INTERMEDIATE: (equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark 8).
  • INTERMEDIATE: (equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark 7).
  • LOW INTERMEDIATE: (at least Canadian Language Benchmark 5).
  • BASIC: (at least Canadian Language Benchmark 3).





Your Education and Training

Have you completed high school (secondary school)?
Have you received any education or training other than high school (secondary school)?
Type of program
Duration of the program
What study?
Country of study
Have you completed the program?

Your Work History

Have you ever worked in Canada in a skilled occupation for at least one year?
Have you done any paid work any where in the world during the last 10 years?
How long have you been working in this specialty?
Occupation / Position
Place of work

Canadian Job Offer

Do you have a written job offer from a Canadian employer?
Is this job offer related to your most recent field of study?

Family and Friends in Canada

Do you have any family members, relatives, or close friends living in Canada?

Your Spouse/Common-Law Partner's Information


Your Spouse/Common-Law Partner's English Language Skills


Your Spouse/Common-Law Partner's French Language Skills


Your Spouse/Common-Law Partner's Occupation

Please provide information about your Spouse or Common-Law Partner's work experience

Has your Spouse or Common-Law Partner ever worked in Canada in a skilled occupation for at least one year?

Your Spouse/Common-Law Partner's Education

Has your Spouse/Common-Law Partner completed high school (secondary school)?
Has your Spouse/Common-Law Partner received any education or training other than high school (secondary school)?

Questions and Comments