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Nova Scotia launches new PNP stream for in-demand occupations

Nova Scotia has launched a new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream for two low-skilled occupations. The Occupations In Demand stream targets those with job offers from Nova Scotia employers to work in NOC 3413 (nurses aides, orderlies and patient service associates) or NOC 7511 (transport truck drivers).

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In order to be eligible for the new PNP stream, candidates must have a minimum of 1 year of work experience related to the position and they must have an offer from a Nova Scotia employer for a permanent, full-time position.

Currently, only candidates with experience and offers in occupations at NOC 3413 and NOC 7511 are eligible to apply. However, Nova Scotia has announced that this stream will be run as a three-year pilot program, during which the eligible occupations will change. Targeted professions will change based on the province’s labour needs.

To be considered a valid offer of employment, the employer must demonstrate that sufficient efforts were made to recruit a Canadian for the position. This can be shown by obtaining an LMIA, and LMIA-exemption, or through showing that the position was posted on three Canadian job boards for at least four consecutive weeks.

All candidates must be between the ages of 21 and 55, with a minimum level of education equivalent to a Canadian high school diploma. As well, candidates are required to show proof of English or French proficiency with an ability equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4.

Those who meet the eligibility requirements for the program can submit applications electronically through Nova Scotia’s immigration website.

Other changes to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program

In addition to the new programs Nova Scotia is updating two of its existing PNP streams.

The Entrepreneur Stream will now accept applications from existing business owners and will allow them to include operating expenses towards the required minimum investment.

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream will change its ownership requirements, so applicants no longer need 100% ownership, but instead only one-third of ownership. This will allow for greater collaboration with other entrepreneurs.

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program has now grown to include 8 different immigration streams. With its increased immigration efforts, Nova Scotia admitted 5,970 new permanent residents in 2018. The province’s population is now the largest in its history.

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