Get to know about Nova Scotia PNP Program


The NSNP – Nova Scotia Nominee Program is the Provincial Nominee   Program of the Province of Nova Scotia that provides multiple immigration pathways for different immigrants to reach Canada. From international students, skilled workers, and entrepreneurial talent to temporary foreign workers in Nova Scotia, countless immigrants have obtained their Canadian PR visas through one of these immigration flows. Some of these streams are also connected to the Federal Express Entry System. 

Nova Scotia targets prospective applicants through one of the Nova Scotia PNP streams given the human capital factors and experience needed to build the province’s communities and economy. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria for any of the province’s eight immigration streams are eligible for a nomination to immigrate to Nova Scotia. The current target processing time for an NSNP application for immigration to Canada is approximately three months.


What is the immigration flows under the NSNP?

Here are the eight streams for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program:

  • Express Entry – Nova Scotia Experience
  • Express Entry – Nova Scotia Labor Market Priority
  • Express Entry – Nova Scotia Physicians Labor Market Priorities 
  • Physician
  • Skilled worker
  • Entrepreneur
  • Occupation in demand
  • Overseas graduate entrepreneur


Express Entry – Nova Scotia Experience

This Nova Scotia PNP program stream aligns with the Federal Express Entry Program. Highly skilled immigrants with work experience in Nova Scotia are eligible for this stream.


Admission requirements:

  • At least 1 year of your experience in a TEER position in a State – Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities 0, 1, 2, 3.
  • Age she should be between 55 and 21 years old.
  • A college degree equivalent or equivalent to a Canadian high school. 
  • CLB proficiency in French or English – Canadian Benchmark Level 7 for TEER 0 and 1 jobs with qualified experience, CLB Level 5 for TEER 2 and 3 jobs.
  • Register your profile in the Canadian Federal Express Entry Pool.


Express Entry – Nova Scotia Physicians Labor Market Priorities

Nova Scotia Stream’s physician labor market priorities allow the province to select candidates from a Federal Express Entry pool of qualified physicians. NOC – It specifically targets two codes of the National Occupational Classification.

  • Specialist Professionals – NOC 3111
  • Family Physician – NOC 3112



  • NOC 3111 – Hold accredited vacancies from the IWK Health Center or the Nova Scotia Department of Health as a Specialist Physician or NOC 3112 Family Physician.
  • Commit to living and working in the province for at least two years.
  • Receive an NSNP LOI-Letter of Interest through Express Entry.
  • Furnish your application within 30 days from the date of the offer of the Letter of Interest.
  • Fulfill the threshold eligibility benchmark of work knowledge for the Express Entry-aligned program for which you are competent. 
  • Demonstrate access to the necessary funds to settle in Nova Scotia with your family.
  • Possess a status of lawful resident in the present nation of residence


Nova Scotia Skilled Workers

This stream is employer-oriented and aimed at foreign workers and graduates. Nova Scotia employers who cannot fill vacancies with Canadian citizens or PR status holders will have access to skilled workers after receiving their positive LMIA-Labor Market Impact Assessment.



  • A full-time job offered by an employer in Nova Scotia.
  • At least 1 year of experience relevant to the position (low-skilled and semi-skilled workers must have at least 6 months of experience with the employer offering the position).
  • Age must be between 21 and 55 years old. 
  • Have at least a high school diploma.
  • Obtain appropriate skills, training, and/or certification as required.
  • Must be fluent in French or English at CLB level 5 for skilled workers and CLB level 4 for low and semi-skilled workers.
  • Keep yourself updated with the tax resources for a successful settlement in Nova Scotia.


Nova Scotia Occupations In Demand

Nova Scotia’s Occupations in Demand Pilot targets mid-sized skilled jobs that are in high demand in Nova Scotia. It was originally intended for transport truck drivers, patient service personnel, and nurses. Desired occupations vary and are based on labor market requirements. This stream is specifically aimed at jobs where he is classified as TEER 4 NOC C level in the national occupational classification.

  • Have any permanent, full-time job offers from your Nova Scotia employer as a transport truck driver or patient services worker, or nurse.
  • Must have more than 1 year of relevant work experience.
  • Age should be between 21 and 55 years old.
  • At least have a high school diploma.
  • Have the appropriate skills, training and/or certifications for the job.  Level 4 CLB proficiency in French or English, even if the first language is French or English.
  • Keep yourself updated with the tax resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.


Nova Scotia Physician

The Nova Scotia Physician Category assists the province’s public health system in appointing Specialist Physicians, Family Physicians, and general practitioners. It is designed to support the recruitment and retention of doctors for vacancies that the province cannot fill with permanent residents or citizens of Canada.



  • You must have legal residency status in your current country of residence.
  • If you reside in Canada as a temporary visitor or worker, you need to provide proof of your legal status.
  • If you live outside of Canada, you need to provide proof of your legal status in your current country of residence. If you lose your eligibility, you are not eligible to apply until your eligibility is restored.


Job Offer

Approval and written opportunity with Izaak Walton Killam Health Center or NSHA-Nova Scotia Health Authority as NOC 3111- Specialist or his NOC 3112 Family Physician and General Practitioner.

Approved job vacancies must be on official IWK or NSHA letterhead and must meet the following requirements:

  • Date and signature of a person authorized by IWK or NSHA to employ physicians.
  • It is dated and signed by the applicant accepting the opportunity.
  • Specify licensure eligibility for admission to the NS College of Surgeons and Physicians.
  • Specify that the applicant is eligible to apply for IWK and NSHA credentials and approval.


Education and training

A copy of the ECA – Education Credential Assessment or evidence of the education and medical training required for a Nova Scotia licensure.


Language Capability

Language ability to practice in one of Canada’s official languages is demonstrated by recruitment from the IWK or NSHA.


Entrepreneur in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s Entrepreneurship category is designed for candidates with senior management or entrepreneurial experience. Must reside in Nova Scotia, purchase an existing business or start a new business, and be actively involved in the day-to-day oversight of that business.

Candidates are first granted a temporary work visa under the entrepreneurial stream and can apply for permanent residency after operating the business for one year. Using the EOI – Expression of Interest format, the stream invites candidates from the pool to apply.


What are the steps to apply to the NSNP as an entrepreneur?

  • EOI – Expression of Interest
  • ITA – Invitation to Apply
  • Commercial Service Agreement and Personal Interview
  • Work Visa and Starting a Business in Nova Scotia
  • Nomination requirements
  • Permanent residence application


What are the minimum requirements for the NSNP Entrepreneur Stream?

  • You have to be 21 years of age or older.
  • Intends to reside permanently in Nova Scotia and owns and actively operates a business in Nova Scotia.
  • Has a net worth of at least $600,000.
  • Invest at least $150,000 to start or buy a business in the state. 
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience owning and actively managing a business (minimum 33% ownership) or 5+ years of senior corporate management experience.
  • Achieve at least CLB level 5 in English or French writing, reading, listening, and speaking.


Nova Scotia Overseas Graduate Entrepreneurship

The Nova Scotia Overseas Graduate Entrepreneur category is similar to the Entrepreneur category who has recently graduated from their community college or university in Nova Scotia. They must have purchased or opened a business in Nova Scotia and operated it for one year on a graduate work visa. Candidates will receive a PR nomination if they intend to settle in that state. Similar to the Entrepreneur category, this category works according to EOI format.


Steps Includes:

  • EOI – Expression of Interest
  • ITA – Invitation to Apply
  • Personal interview and nomination
  • Permanent residence application



  • Intends to reside permanently in Nova Scotia and owns and actively operates a business in Nova Scotia.
  • Over 1 year of experience owning and actively managing an existing business in Nova Scotia where he has 100% ownership.
  • Diploma or degree from a community college or university in Nova Scotia that includes at least two years of individual and full-time study.
  • A legal graduate work visa.
  • Achieve at least CLB Level 7 in English or French writing, reading, listening, and speaking.


What jobs are in high demand in Nova Scotia?

The PNP’s career roster in Nova Scotia consists of thriving opportunities in the service sector, especially education and healthcare, offering decent job prospects to talented individuals. While there are sufficient job gaps in the service sector, there are certain occupations that need immediate attention. Skilled workers who meet NSNP requirements can make a positive contribution to the state’s future development.

Here are some of the latest and most important jobs in high demand in Nova Scotia.

  • Administrative Assistants – 1241 B
  • Accountants and Associated Clerks – 1311 B
  • Professional Occupations in marketing, advertising, and public relations – 1123 A
  • Licensed Practical Nurses – 3233 B
  • Other Financial Officers – 1114 A
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurses and Nurses – 3012 A
  • CPA and Accountant – 1111 A
  • Paralegal and related occupations – 4211 B
  • Other Vocational and College Instructors – See 4021 A
  • Community and Social Service Workers – 4212 B


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