Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

Last updated: 2 September 2020

Nova Scotia is a small Canadian province located in the Maritimes region of the country.

The province is composed of the Nova Scotia peninsula, Cape Breton Island, and over 3,000 smaller islands. Its capital city, Halifax, is known as a major centre for culture and the arts, as well as for its high standard of living. Nova Scotians are closely connected to the sea, and the province is renowned for its coastal beauty and delicious cuisine.

A wide shot of the town of Lunenburg in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The NSNP is Nova Scotia’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Certificate.

The NSNP accepts applications under the following immigration streams:

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Find out if you qualify for a Provincial Nominee Program.

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Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

Nova Scotia uses the federal government's Express Entry immigration selection system in order to select candidates for Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry. This stream, which came into effect on January 1, 2015, is for highly-skilled individuals with a post-secondary education and qualifications that will help them successfully settle in Nova Scotia. There is a list of 11 eligible occupations for this stream.

Learn more about the eligibility requirements of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream.

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

Nova Scotia uses the federal government's Express Entry immigration selection system in order to select candidates for this stream, which provides a pathway to permanent residence for highly skilled applicants who have worked for a Nova Scotia employer for at least one year.

Learn more about the eligibility requirements of the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry Stream.

Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream allows the province to select Express Entry candidates who meet specified labour market needs. The skilled occupations specified under this dynamic stream can change with each invitation round.

Learn more about the eligibility requirements of the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream.

Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physician stream selects Express Entry candidates who have an approved job offer as either a general practitioner and family physician (NOC 3112) or a specialist physician (NOC 3111).

Learn more about the eligibility requirements of the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians.

Skilled Worker Stream 

The NSNP accepts applications under this stream from individuals who have received a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer. Workers in skilled, semi-skilled, and low-skilled occupations may be eligible to apply.

Learn more about the eligibility requirements of the NSNP Skilled Worker Stream.

Occupation In Demand Stream 

The Nova Scotia Occupation in Demand Stream is designed to target specific NOC Skill Level C related jobs that are in high demand in the province of Nova Scotia.

Learn more about the eligibility requirements of the Nova Scotia Occupation in Demand Stream.

Entrepreneur Stream

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) Entrepreneur Stream is designed to attract individuals who wish to start or acquire a business and settle permanently in Nova Scotia.

Learn more about the eligibility requirements of the NSNP Entrepreneur Stream.

International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream 

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is open to graduates who have completed at least two years of full-time study from a recognized Nova Scotia university or Nova Scotia Community College, have operated their own business in Nova Scotia for at least one year, and intend to settle permanently in Nova Scotia.

Learn more about the eligibility requirements of the International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream.

Physician Stream

The Physician Stream is open to internationally-trained general practitioners, family physicians and specialist physicians with a signed employment offer from Nova Scotia's healthcare authorities. 

Learn more about the eligibility requirements of the Nova Scotia Physician Stream.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Nova Scotia is one of four Atlantic provinces working in partnership with the Government of Canada to recruit foreign workers to fill jobs in Atlantic Canada that have not been filled locally. Foreign nationals interested in participating in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program may be residing abroad or on temporary status in Canada at the time of applying.

All applicants to the pilot must have a job offer from a designated employer that meets the requirements of the program.

Learn more about Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program employer designation in Nova Scotia.