Nova Scotia Plans To Target More French-Speaking Immigrants For Issuing Provincial Nominations

Nova Scotia Plans To Target More French-Speaking Immigrants For Issuing Provincial Nominations

Canadian province of Nova Scotia made its new francophone immigration action plan public. The Atlantic Canada province provided its population strategy to increase francophone immigration in the new report titled Growing Nova Scotia’s Francophone Population – An Action Plan for Success (2022-25).

Francophone immigration in Canada means inviting more French-speaking immigrants to qualify for Canadian permanent residency. 

Quebec is the largest french-speaking province in Canada while the 2021 census reported more than 30,000 people in Nova Scotia speaking French as their first language.

Nova Scotia used to have a well-established community of French speakers since the Acadians settled in the 1600s. Later they were forcibly removed from the province by the British and sent to the southern United States. 

Now the overall federal target for French-speaking immigrants outside of Quebec is 4.4% by the end of 2023 and Nova Scotia will be taking the lead through its provincial nomination program. 

Qualifying for Provincial Nominations from Nova Scotia

Any eligible foreigner can get nominated to qualify for Canadian permanent residency through Nova Scotia in two ways: 

  • the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP), and
  • the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program. 

Immigration to Canada through Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program

‘Enhanced’ stream offer registered candidates in the federal pool to be considered for provincial nominations. This guarantees permanent residency in Canada as additional 600 points are added to their overall qualifying score. 

Eight different immigration streams under Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program include: 

‘Enhanced’ PNP streams – 

  1. Nova Scotia Experience: for candidates with their profiles registered in the federal Express Entry pool and work experience in Nova Scotia for at least one year;
  2. Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities: for candidates with their profiles registered in the federal Express Entry pool and who meet specific labor market needs;
  3. Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians: for candidates with their profiles registered in the federal Express Entry pool and who have a job offer as a family physician or specialist physician;

‘Base’ stream targets candidates from a separate pool and delinked from federal Express Entry. It targets candidates with specific skills and experience for temporary residence in Canada. 

‘Base’ PNP streams –

  1. Physician Stream: for physicians who have a job offer in Nova Scotia and are not in the Express Entry system;
  2. Skilled Worker Stream: for skilled workers who have received a job offer in the province;
  3. Occupation In-Demand Stream: for workers with a job offer in an occupation that is deemed “in-demand;”
  4. Entrepreneur Stream: for individuals who wish to start a business in the province; and
  5. International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream: for international graduates who wish to start a business in the province.

Immigration to Canada through Atlantic Immigration Program

Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) is now a permanent federal immigration to Canada program. It will open doors for additional 6,000 eligible candidates to apply for Canada Visa annually. 

Atlantic Canada is comprised of four provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Labrador.

To apply under the AIP, candidates must have a job offer from a designated employer. They must have also had an individualized settlement plan. 

Through the AIP, over 10,000 newcomers arrived in Nova Scotia between 2017 –2021. Over this period of time, about 91% of immigrants stayed in the province.

Federal Programs for Francophone Immigration to Canada

The federal government of Canada is supporting french-speakers to immigrate to Canada under its 2018–23 Federal Action Plan for Official Languages and a special budget of $40.8 million. 

It has introduced changes in Canada’s economic-class immigration criteria, most significantly additional CRS points within the Express Entry system for French speakers. It has also implemented the Mobilité Francophone program to help employers outside of Québec hire French-speaking, temporary workers. 

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