Nova Scotia has released a new list of target 'opportunity' occupations for its Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Canadian immigration stream, part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). Of the 16 occupations on the updated list, eight are new, with the remaining eight having also been on the previous list.
The province states that when the stream reopens 'in the coming weeks', up to 250 applications will be accepted for Category B of the stream, for which candidates must have at least one year of work experience in a target occupation. A job offer is not required for this category.
There is no indication that Category A, for which candidates must have a full-time permanent skilled job offer from a Nova Scotia employer, will reopen for the upcoming application cycle.
This NSNP stream has not been open since late 2015. Because it offers candidates in the Express Entry pool a way to apply for a provincial nomination certificate on a first-come, first-served basis, and because Nova Scotia is an increasingly popular immigration destination, it is likely that the upcoming intake may prove popular.
Express Entry candidates who wish to apply to Category B of Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry must:
- Have at least one year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) skilled work experience in the last six years in one of the 16 ‘opportunity’ occupations considered by Nova Scotia;
- Have their foreign education credentials assessed, authenticated, and given an equivalent value in Canada by one of the four designated credential assessment agencies;
- Demonstrate, by way of a standardized language test acceptable to the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia, at least an adequate intermediate language proficiency in English or French (Canadian Language Benchmark: 7); and
- Obtain at least 67 points on the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry points grid. Points are awarded based on language proficiency, age, work experience, education, and adaptability; and
- Have a profile registered in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system.
The following occupation list represents professions where there may be employment opportunities in Nova Scotia. The occupations are classified with National Occupational Classification (NOC). The NOC helps determine whether a job meets the skill levels established for skilled and semi-skilled occupations, and whether the candidate’s qualifications and experience match the requirements of the job.
In your application to NSOI under this category you will need to demonstrate that you:
- performed the actions described in the lead statements for the occupation as set out in the occupational description of the NOC; and
- performed a substantial number of the main duties, including all of the essential duties, of the occupation as set out in the occupational description of NOC.
This list is subject to change.
|Occupation title||NOC||Skill level|
|Financial Auditors and Accountants||1111||A|
|Other financial officers||1114||A|
|Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations||1123||A|
|Accounting and related clerks||1311||B|
|Information systems analysts and consultants||2171||A|
Computer programmers and interactive media development
|Computer network technicians||2281||B|
|User support technicians||2282||B|
|Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses||3012||A|
|Licensed practical nurses||3233||B|
College and other vocational instructors
|Paralegal and related occupations||4211||B|
|Social and community service workers||4212||B|
|Financial sales representatives||6235||B|