Nova Scotia Invites Express Entry Candidates To Apply For Provincial Nominations

Nova Scotia nominates Express Entry candidates for Canada PR

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) released the details of its Labour Market Priorities Stream nomination draws held on March 29.


The province issued Letters of Interest to Express Entry candidates who had selected French as their first official language. These candidates were expected to have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 9 or higher in all French language abilities (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). 

They were also supposed to have a CLB score of at least 7 or higher in English in all four language abilities. Additionally, they were required to have either a bachelor’s degree or completed a program of three years or more at a university, college, trade, or technical school.

These candidates have 60 calendar days to submit a complete application along with proof of claimed proficiencies to NSNP for successfully getting their provincial nomination certificate.  

Meanwhile, Canada is targeting to welcome over 80,000 new immigrants in 2021 through the PNP route only. If you are planning to apply for Canadian immigration, take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility.  

You may also like our previous blog on whether you should consider Nova Scotia for immigration to Canada in 2021

‘Enhanced’ Nova Scotia Nomination Program

Earlier, foreign individuals willing to obtain permanent residence in Canada would have limited options but to only apply with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Ever since the launch of the Express Entry system in 2015, the scope of obtaining permanent residency for foreign skilled workers, entrepreneurs have significantly widened, by virtue of provincial immigration streams aligning into ‘base’ and ‘enhanced’ streams. 

The ‘enhanced’ immigration streams are aligned with the Express Entry pool. Now, Nova Scotia under its Labor Market Priorities stream can search the federal pool for eligible candidates who match the province’s labor demand.  

Express Entry system is an application database management system for three federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP); and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). 

Registered candidates in the Express Entry system are assessed based on multiple factors such as their age, education, work experience, and official language ability. Further, they are given a ranking score according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

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NSNP has held 16 such ‘enhanced’ draws since its launch in 2018. The most targeted professions/occupations include:

  • Early Childhood Education Workers, 
  • Financial Auditors, 
  • Accountants, 
  • Social Workers and Nurses, 
  • Programmers, 
  • Carpenters among other Professionals.​

All the nominated candidates get to apply for a provincial nomination issued by NSNP. After successfully receiving a provincial nomination certificate, such candidates may receive an additional 600 points towards their CRS score. This is sufficient to guarantee them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in the upcoming federal Express Entry draws. 

Get started with your immigration process today by booking a free appointment with CanApprove! 

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