Labour Market Priorities

Labour Market Priorities of Nova Scotia is one of the programs of the NSNP, a Provincial Nominee Program, administered by the province of Nova Scotia. This program is intended to point out workers with practice in extremely high-valued professions or those with knowledge in the province’s language preferences.

Adjusted with the governmental EE policy, successful candidates for this program gain a 600-point increase in their EE profiles, assuring them an ITA for Canadian permanent residency. This program picks applicants with job experience in highly searched professions or those with ability in the language priorities of the province.

Labour Market Priorities

Labour Market Priorities – Eligibility Requirements

To seek provincial nomination through Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream via Express Entry, candidates must follow these steps:

  1. Obtain a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) in their Express Entry profile.
  2. Fulfill specific eligibility criteria outlined in the draw announcement issued by NSOI.
  3. Validate work experience requirements corresponding to their Express Entry category (e.g., FSW, FSTC, and CEC).
  4. Present necessary supporting documentation, such as letters of reference from employers, to substantiate work experience.
  5. Demonstrate adequate settlement funds for solo or accompanied relocation to Nova Scotia, covering immigration costs and travel expenses, ensuring it surpasses Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) threshold.
  6. Maintain legal status in their country of residence during the application process.

NSOI sets draw-specific eligibility criteria for each draw, inviting Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination certificate. Criteria may vary based on Nova Scotia’s current labour market requirements.

Express Entry candidates are advised to consult NSOI’s website for detailed criteria.

Moreover, applicants must prove their work experience in a priority occupation specified by NSOI, aligning with descriptions listed in the federal government’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) mentioned in the draw announcement.

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Minimum Requirements For Labour Market Priorities

Express Entry ProfileYes
Work ExperienceEE requirement
Language AbilityCLB 7 or indicated
Education LevelHigh School
Job OfferNo
Connection to the ProvinceNo

Procedure of Application

The procedure can be presented in the following:

1. To initiate an application under the Labour Market Priorities Stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), candidates must first be registered in the federal Express Entry system

For eligibility under this stream, Express Entry participants must secure a Letter of Interest via their federal Express Entry profile. Upon receiving this letter from the Nova Scotia government, candidates have a 60-day window to complete and submit their application, along with the necessary supporting documents, electronically to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI).

A comprehensive list of draw-specific supporting documents required for the application process will be published on the NSNP website. All documents must be provided in Portable Document Format (PDF). If any documents are not in English or French, candidates must submit both the original document and a certified translation.

Applicants are also required to furnish letters of reference validating the work experience listed in their Express Entry profile, as well as meeting the criteria specified by NSOI.

Additionally, applicants must provide official bank statements demonstrating proof of settlement funds, along with a copy of a valid passport or temporary resident visa if they are not citizens of their country of residence (including Canada).

2. Decision on Nomination/Refusal

Successful applicants will receive a notification letter from NSOI through their online Express Entry profile. Furthermore, NSOI will email the candidate (or their representative) a Nomination Certificate.

For applications under consideration for refusal, candidates will receive a Letter of Intent to Refuse from NSOI. These candidates have 10 business days to submit additional documents for reassessment. If an application is refused, there is no appeals process, and NSOI’s decision stands.

3. Accepting the Nomination

Upon receiving the nomination from Nova Scotia, candidates have 30 calendar days to accept it. Subsequently, they need to secure an Invitation to Apply from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in a federal draw. Candidates obtaining a provincial nomination certificate from Nova Scotia within the Express Entry pool will receive an additional 600 points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

4. Notification of Canadian Permanent Residence

Upon being granted permanent residence, individuals must inform NSOI within 30 days of their arrival in Nova Scotia. This can be accomplished by providing NSOI with a copy of the Confirmation of Permanent Residence, along with personal contact details such as current address, phone number(s), and email address in Nova Scotia.

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