Nova Scotia Announces New Immigration Stream

nova-scotia-immigration-programNova Scotia recently announced a new immigration program that will come into effect in January 2015. It will be referred to as ‘Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry’ and it will replace the Regional Labour Market Demand stream.

What Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Means for Immigrants

The new stream will come with an additional 350 new immigrant nomination slots for the province which represents a 50 per cent increase from last year’s slots.

Although this is great news for hopeful immigrants, those who apply must be highly skilled, and have been through post-secondary education, along with possessing relevant qualifications that will aid in their adjustment to life in Canada. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate that they fully intend to stay in the province of Nova Scotia.

The new stream will run parallel to the federal government’s highly anticipated Express Entry program. Those who apply to the Express Entry scheme must have eligibility through one of the Canadian government’s economic immigration problems, including the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

A “Faster Route”

So, where does Nova Scotia come in? Well, the province will be able to select potential candidates for Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry, via the Express Entry pool. It’s also not the first province to announce this type of stream, as others have included similar methods as part of their Provincial Nominee Programs.

Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab said: “The goal of Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry is to provide a faster route for skilled immigrants to enter Nova Scotia in response to labour-market demands. The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration will work with the private sector to ensure we get maximum use out of this new stream, and others available to them.”

Meeting Local Labour Demand

The provincial government’s immigration department closely worked alongside the private sector to come up with a stream that was able to potentially satisfy the local labour demand for the province.

National chair of the Premier’s Immigration Advisory Council, Wadih Fares, said of the scheme: “Nova Scotia is taking the opportunity that Express Entry provides very seriously and I believe this province has worked harder than any to ensure that business is able to take maximum advantage of the opportunity.”

The province also looked to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, along with immigration law practitioners and immigrant settlement organizations, for guidance when crafting the new program.

Are you Interested in Immigrating to Nova Scotia?

If you’re interested in the new stream set to be introduced by Nova Scotia, VisaPlace can help. The first step towards moving to Canada is to get an assessment of your specific situation. All you need to do is use our free online immigration assessment form here or contact us here.



Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • Wajahat Ali Khan

    Hi, I wanted to know about the procedure of immigration to Nova Scotia. I am based in Pakistan. Kindly let me know the fee and everything. Thanks

    • owen

      Hello Wajahat,

      The fee will be quoted to you at the time of the consultation. If you have at least one year of full time skilled work experience and score at least 6.0 in each section of the IELTS then you would be eligible for express entry, or if you want to invest in a Canadian business then that could also be another option. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly


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