Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities

This is one of the streams of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, a PNP operated by the province of Nova Scotia designed to target workers who have experience in extremely high-demand occupations or those who are proficient in Nova Scotia’s language priorities.

As this stream is aligned with the federal Express Entry system, the successful applicants get 600 points added to their Express Entry profiles, nearly guaranteeing an Invitation to Apply for Canadian PR. Only the candidates who have work experience in extremely high-demand occupations or who are proficient in Nova Scotia’s language priorities get selected for this stream. The program may either announce the occupations in advance or directly invite the candidates from the Express Entry pool.

Eligibility Criteria



Express Entry Profile


Connection to Province


Job Offer


Language Proficiency

CLB 7; or
as indicated

Level of Education

High School

Work Experience

Express Entry Requirement; or,

High Priority NOC (if indicated)

Investment Requirement


Express Entry Requirement

In order to be eligible for this stream, the applicants must be registered in the federal Express Entry pool and be eligible for at least one of three federal Economic programs:

-    Federal Skilled Worker – This program requires the candidates to at least have a high school diploma along with at least 1 year of continuous full-time, skilled work experience.
-    Canadian Experience Class – This program doesn’t require any minimum education, but the candidates of this program must have at least 1 year of full-time Canadian skilled work experience. The work experience need not be continuous but must have been obtained within the 3 years prior to the application.
-    Federal Skilled Trades – This program doesn’t require any minimum education; however, the candidates must have full-time work experience of least 2 years in a skilled trade occupation. Furthermore, the candidates must also have either a certificate of qualification in their skilled trade issued by a Canadian authority or an offer of employment to work in a skilled trade in Canada.

Language Proficiency & Education

At certain times, but not always, the province selects candidates who have high proficiency in the French language. In other cases, the candidates must meet the minimum language proficiency and education requirements of their Express Entry program.

Work Experience

This program mostly requires the applicants to have experience in a specific occupation. Eligible occupations are announced by the province and change periodically. Nevertheless, the candidates must meet the minimum work-experience requirements of their Express Entry program.

Application Procedure

This is an invitation-only program and the candidates meeting the minimum eligibility requirements must create an Express Entry profile and wait for a Letter of Interest (LOI) to be issued from Nova Scotia. If case the candidate gets selected, the LOI is issued directly to their IRCC account linked to their Express Entry profile. Once the LOI is received, the candidate must prepare and submit an application to Nova Scotia.

The approved applicants will be notified of their selection for provincial nomination; the same will be sent to the applicant’s IRCC online account. Once the provincial nomination is accepted, the applicant will get additional 600 points towards their CRS score, which will nearly guarantee them to get Invitation to Apply (ITA) for PR in the next Express Entry draw.

Once the Invitation to Apply is received, an official application must be prepared and submitted for Canadian PR by the applicant within the designated timeframe. Such applications generally get processed within 6 months.