Skilled Worker Category

This stream is part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, a PNP, operated by the province of Nova Scotia. It has been designed to assist the employers of Nova Scotia to recruit international workers to fill the gaps in the labour force of the province.

This program is helpful for employers who have not been able to fill vacant positions with Canadian citizens or permanent residents and are providing job offers to interested foreign workers in order to facilitate their immigration process. This program is ideal for foreign workers and recently graduated international students who have a job offer from the employer of Nova Scotia.

Program Requirements



Express Entry Profile


Connection to Province

Study Experience

Job Offer


Language Proficiency


Level of Education


2 years

Work Experience

Business ownership and management

In Nova Scotia

1 year

Investment Requirement


Job Offer

In order to be eligible for this stream, the candidates must have a valid job offer from an eligible Nova Scotia employer. For the job offer to be considered valid, it must be from a business with permanent residence in Nova Scotia and the business must been active over the past two years. For a job offer to be considered valid for this program, the business must prove that they were not able to find a Canadian permanent resident or citizen to fill the position.

The applicant must have been working with the employer for at least six months if the job offer is for a position at NOC Skill Level C or D. Additionally, the candidates must be able to demonstrate that they have full-time work experience of at least one year in the same occupation as their offer of employment.

Language Proficiency

Candidates with their first language as English or French applying with a job offer at NOC skill level 0, A or B will be exempted from the language test requirement. For the candidates who have English or French as their second language, they must demonstrate proof of language proficiency. 

Applying for Job Offer at

Language Proficiency Score

NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B

CLB Level 5

NOC Skill Level C or D

CLB Level 4

Level of Education

The candidates applying to this stream must have at least a Canadian high school diploma or an international equivalent.

Work Experience

Candidates must have work experience of at least 1 year in an occupation related to the received job offer.

Settlement Funds

All the candidates for this stream must meet the settlement funds requirement as determined by IRCC, which can be demonstrated through either their own finances or through maintaining a valid offer of employment.

Application Procedure

This category is open for applications throughout and is processed on a first-come, first-served basis, provided the applicant meets all the program requirements. Successful applicants are issued a provincial nomination for PR from Nova Scotia.
Once the provincial nomination is received, the applicant gets 6 months to submit a paper-based federal application for Canadian PR, which must be completed and submitted by mail to the appropriate application centre. Such applications generally get processed within 18 months.