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Nova Scotia Records Sharp Increase In Immigration Activities In 2019

Nova Scotia is the latest Canadian Atlantic province to record a sharp increase in immigration activities during 2019.

Following Newfoundland & Labrador, federal government statistical report shows Nova Scotia has received 3,393 newcomers so far in 2019.

The figure compares to the 2,965 new permanent residents welcomed at the same point of 2018.

Lena Diab, the Immigration Minister, said the increase was ‘truly incredible.”

With our settlement partners, business owners, employers and communities, we are attracting and retaining newcomers that help revitalize our businesses and communities,” she said.

Nova Scotia is well on course to exceed the record total of 5,970 newcomers and migrants it received in 2018.

The province also reports a retention rate of Seventy-one (71) per cent, the highest of any Atlantic province.

More than two-thirds of Nova Scotia’s 2018 new permanent residents came through provincial programs or the Atlantic Immigration Pilot co-managed by the federal and provincial governments.

Record-breaking 2018 sharp increase in immigration figures helped increase Nova Scotia’s population to an all-time high of 965,382 individuals at the beginning of 2019, an increase of more than 10,000 people in Twelve (12) months.

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is continually evolving to target the right new migrants to help boost the growth of the local economy.

Two streams have been introduced recently, the Occupations In-Demand stream and the Express Entry Labour Market Priorities Stream, all designed to bring specific groups of skilled workers.

This means the province now manages eight (8) different streams through which applicants receive invitations for Nova Scotia immigration, with a target processing time of three (3) to four (4) months.

The eight (8) categories are:

  • Skilled Worker
  • Physician
  • Occupations In Demand
  • Entrepreneur
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities: Express Entry

Nova Scotia province also runs ‘Study and Stay’, a program specifically designed at helping international students from India, China, and the Philippines remain in the province and build careers in the region after graduation.

Nova Scotia Jobs In Demand

Occupation NOC Skill
Financial accountants and auditors 1111 A
Other financial officers 1114 A
Professional occupations in public relations, advertising, and marketing 1123 A
Administrative assistants 1241 B
Accounting and related clerks 1311 B
Civil engineers 2131 A
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 3012 A
Licensed practical nurses 3233 B
College and other vocational teachers 4021 A
Paralegal and related occupations 4211 B
Social and community service workers 4212 B

Criteria for applying into Nova Scotia demand occupations list 

To apply for Nova Scotia, an individual is required to have met with all the minimum requirements for the process. First, confirm your profession in the demand list of your occupation and its NOC. You are required to provide the following:

  • A full-time job offer letter from Nova Scotia employer
  • Must be between the age of 18-49 years.
  • Should attain language proficiency (IELTS or CLB) minimum score.
  • Have one (1) year of work experience in the desired occupational field.
  • An equivalent qualification certificate/diploma to Canadian education system.
  • You must indicate a positive intention to live in the province.