Nova Scotia Provincial
Nominee Program (NS PNP)

Nova Scotia is one of the smallest Provinces in Canada and is situated in the Maritime Region of the Country. The province, comprising Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia peninsula, and more than 3000 smaller islands, is popular for its high standard of living. The province’s proximity to the sea coupled with its delicious cuisine and coastal beauty makes it all the more popular. Likewise, it is also renowned for arts and culture.

The NSNP refers to the Provincial Nominee Program of Nova Scotia. Prospective immigrants possessing Nova Scotia’s targeted skills and experience may receive a Provincial Nominee Certificate through this Program. Launched in 2003, NSNP aims to address the labour and economic market needs via immigration to the province.

Immigration to Nova Scotia has tripled in the course of the last 20 years as the Province has been accommodating a growing number of new permanent immigrants. This is partly due to the continuous enhancement of NS PNP and partly due to the introduction of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP).
There are seven Nova Scotia Immigration Streams under which applicants can apply for faster Canadian Immigration.

Nova Scotia Immigration Streams

The seven Nova Scotia Immigration streams are -

1. Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

In order to apply under category A, the candidate must -

In order to apply under category B, the candidate must -

2. The Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry Stream

This stream takes individuals with high skills wishing to reside permanently in Nova Scotia. candidates must possess a minimum of one year experience of working in a high skilled occupation in Nova Scotia.

In order to apply under the Critical Impact Worker category the candidate must -

3. Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities

Candidates who meet Nova Scotia’s labour market demands are selected under this stream. Only those candidates may apply under this stream who receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.

In order to apply under the Nova Scotia Labour Market category the candidate must -

4. Physician

The Physician Stream aids the Public Health Authorities of Nova Scotia to hire specialist physicians, family physicians, and general practitioners to work in Nova Scotia. The streams assist the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre (IWK) to hire and retain the Physicians having the targeted skills that they have not been able to fill with the Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.

The Physician Stream eligibility -

5. Entrepreneur

Senior business managers or experienced business owners who wish to live in Nova Scotia may apply under the Entrepreneur Stream. They must either buy an existing business and have an active role in day-to-day management or must start a new business of their own. The entrepreneur may be nominated for permanent resident status after successfully running the business for a year. Application to Entrepreneur Stream is by invitation only.

In order to apply under the Entrepreneur Stream, the candidate must -

6. International Graduate Entrepreneur

Recent Graduates from Nova Scotia Community College or Nova Scotia University can apply under the International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream. Interested applicants must either have bought a Nova Scotia business or must have run it for at least a year. They may be nominated for permanent residence if they wish to permanently reside in Nova Scotia. Application to International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is by invitation only.

In order to apply under the International Graduate Entrepreneur, the candidate must -

7. Skilled Worker

With the help of Skilled Worker Stream, employers can recruit recently graduated international students and foreign workers having the skills that are in demand in Nova Scotia. Employers can hire for only those positions which they have not been able to fill with Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

In order to apply under the Skilled Worker Category, the candidate must -

Nova Scotia PNP FAQs

Nova Scotia, a small Province in Canada, is a participant in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). This means that the Nova Scotian Government can nominate foreign workers that qualify for the PNP. Candidates will receive an NS PNP certificate that speeds up the Canadian PR Visa application process. Applicants can apply for Nova Scotia PNP under one of the 7 streams.

A candidate requires a minimum of 67 points out of a possible 100 to qualify for the Nova Scotia Express Entry stream PNP. The score is calculated by a points grid measuring language ability in English or French (28 points), education (25 points), age (12 points), work experience (15 points), employment prospects (10 points, )and adaptability (10 points).

There are plenty of occupations that are in demand in Nova scotia. The top two that are extremely in demand are physicians and registered nurses. 

There are several jobs in demand in Nova Scotia. However, the top five jobs in demand are –

  • Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
  • Deck Officers
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • Financial and Investment Analysts
  • Database Analysts and Database Administrators.

Yes. A person outside of the express entry can submit an Expression of Interest to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration. Applicants are then assessed according to points grid and then invited tao apply for NS PNP.

There is not a permanently fixed period for processing of the Nova Scotia PNP. However, the average processing time of selected applications is three months or more. The time required for processing depends largely on the visa category, the stream that you have opted for, etc. Once you have the Provincial Nominee Receipt, you need to submit an application to IRCC for Canadian PR.