Nova Scotia, on October 7, performed two drawings, inviting a total of 330 Express Entry individuals with specialized job experience to apply.
About 286 persons were invited to the larger of the two drawings. This group had a job opportunity in Nova Scotia and had worked in a skilled occupation for at least a year. A Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least 5 in English was required to fulfill the criteria. The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) additionally invited 44 carpenters with a CLB 5 in English and at least two years of skilled trades experience.
The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream hosted both of these drawings. Applicants from both categories who have been invited to apply for the Provincial Nominee Program have until November 6 to do so.
In a nutshell, the requirements for each draw are as follows:
Draw for 286 skilled workers
Candidates must meet certain criteria in order to be invited. The candidate should have a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer for full-time skilled work in Nova Scotia that will last at least one year after your permanent resident visa is issued (full-time means working year-round and at least 30 hours a week); have a Canadian high school credential or equivalent; demonstrate language ability in English at Canadian Language Benchmark 5; and apply by November 6, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. The following documents must be included with your application:
- Copies of language tests
- Proof of education
- A job offer showing your title and duties of the position related to the job offer, the position’s NOC Code, annual salary, number of weekly hours, duration of a job offer, work address, and whether the position is unionized. If it is, attach a letter indicating the union concurrence.
Draw for 44 carpenters
Candidates must meet certain criteria in order to be invited. Carpentry is your principal occupation (NOC 7271). To demonstrate that they have two or more years of skilled crafts experience as a carpenter, provide letters of reference from employers, as indicated in the application guide.
Self-employed people must present evidence from third parties detailing the service they performed as well as payment information. Affidavits or self-declared major duties are not acceptable proof of job experience.
Have a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 5 or greater in English in all language abilities, as proven by results from an approved language exam by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Candidates must submit their applications by November 6, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
The province wants to increase its population from 9,71,000 to two million people by 2060. Nova Scotia will need to accept a large number of immigrants and promote their retention in order to achieve this feat.
According to a 2020 survey, the biggest determining factor in whether immigrants stay or not in Nova Scotia is the job availability prospects. Around 74% of immigrants who entered between 2011 and 2018 stayed in the province.
The Labour Market Priorities Stream enables the province to explore Canada’s Express Entry pool for qualified applicants who match Nova Scotia’s labor market demands. The federal government’s Express Entry system is used to manage permanent residence applications. It has been used for the three main economic-class immigration programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
If the Express Entry applicants are selected in the October 7 draws to obtain a provincial nomination, they will gain an extra 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, thereby ensuring an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Candidates in the Express Entry system are judged on a variety of variables, including their age, education, job experience, and ability to communicate in English. According to the CRS, they are rated.
According to a Nova Scotia official, there was no minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score associated with the two drawings.