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Nova Scotia Targets Registered Nurses in Latest Draw Through Labour Priorities Stream

The province of Nova Scotia has announced details of its latest draw through the Labour Priorities Stream. Candidates who received a Letter of Interest from yesterday’s draw had indicated registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012) as their primary occupation on their Express Entry profile. 

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This latest draw was also the fifth draw to have occurred through Nova Scotia’s Labour Priorities Stream this year. Previous draws in 2019 were targeted towards carpenters (NOC 7271), financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111) and Express Entry profiles with a high Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in French. 

To have been eligible for the October 28th draw, the following requirements had to have been met:

  • Primary occupation listed as registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012),
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse by providing letters of reference from employers,
  • CLB score of 8, or higher, in English or French in all language abilities,
  • Bachelor’s degree or completion of a program of 3 or more years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute, 
  • Submission of an Expression of Interest to the Express Entry pool on or before November 1st, 2018. 

Candidates who receive a Letter of Interest (LOI) will then have to submit their application within 30 calendar days of the LOI having been issued. Once Nova Scotia approves the application, and the candidate has accepted the provincial nomination, they will receive an additional 600 points on their CRS score which will virtually guarantee them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in an upcoming Express Entry draw. 

Demand for Skilled Workers in Healthcare Industry Never Greater

Canada’s healthcare sector continues to be one of the biggest contributors to Canada’s current job growth, making up approximately one fifth of the total job market. However, a shortage of highly-skilled workers to fulfill these roles continues to be a problem. Last year, it was predicted that Canada would be on track to having a shortage of 60,000 nurses by 2022

The October 28th nurse-specific draw comes during a time when the demand for skilled workers in the healthcare industry has never been greater in Nova Scotia. Last month, the province had introduced a new immigration stream to specifically target international physicians through the Express Entry pool. With more than 50,000 people in Nova Scotia still looking for a family doctor, the province continues to target healthcare professionals from outside the country to meet these needs. 

If you have work experience in a skilled industry, then there are many Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) that you may be eligible for. If you are a professional in the healthcare sector, you may be eligible for one of Nova Scotia’s labour specific streams. With the demand for skilled workers at an all-time high, the time to start your immigration process in Canada has never been better. The first step is finding out whether you are eligible!


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