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Nova Scotia to Reopen Express Entry PNP Stream “In the Coming Weeks”

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A popular Canadian immigration stream in Nova Scotia will reopen for the first time since 2015 “in the coming weeks,” the province has announced. The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream is part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), and is one of two NSNP streams aligned with the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system.

The NSNP is one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), through which Canadian provinces may nominate individuals who are deemed to have the credentials to settle quickly.

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry is open to candidates in the Express Entry pool who also fulfil eligibility criteria for the stream. Successful applicants will receive 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, leading to an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool.

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry will become the latest such stream to become active so far in 2017. Over recent months, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia have also been particularly active in welcoming applications to their respective PNPs from candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Canada is aiming to bring in up to 51,000 new permanent residents through the PNPs in 2017, a seven percent increase on last year’s target. Many of these newcomers will arrive through ‘enhanced’ Express Entry streams.

Nova Scotia also announced that this stream may be paused and reopened periodically throughout the year until the annual allocation of spaces provided by the federal government is reached, allowing the province to process applications more efficiently. A similar strategy was recently implemented by Ontario for its own Express Entry-aligned Human Capital Priorities stream.

“This announcement from Nova Scotia will surely galvanize candidates in the pool,” says Attorney David Cohen.

“Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry has previously operated on a first-come, first-served model, meaning that there is no ‘Expression of Interest’ or registration stage. This, combined with the fact that the stream is likely to open and pause intermittently, means that candidates who prepare in advance are more likely to be able to submit a complete application than those who do not.”


To apply, candidates must:

  • have an active profile registered in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system;
  • have at least one year of skilled work experience in one of Nova Scotia’s target occupations;
  • have at least a Canadian high school credential or international equivalent;
  • prove language ability in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark 7 or better;
  • score 67 points or more on the stream’s points assessment grid; and
  • show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.

Targeted occupations

For the most recent application cycle, which took place in 2015, the following occupations were included on the targeted occupations list. This list may change for the upcoming cycle.

NOC Occupation Skill Level
1111 Financial Auditors and Accountants A
1121 Human Resources Professionals A
1225 Purchasing Agents and Officers B
2113 Geoscientists and Oceanographers A
2131 Civil Engineers A
2132 Mechanical Engineers A
2133 Electrical and Electronic Engineers A
2141 Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers A
2147 Computer Engineers A
2171 Information Systems Analysts and Consultants A
2172 Database Analysts and Data Administrators A
2173 Software Engineers A
2174 Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers A
2175 Web Designers and Developers A
2231 Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians B
2232 Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians B
2241 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians B
2253 Drafting Technologists and Technicians B
2262 Engineering Inspectors and Regulatory Officers B
2282 User Support Technicians B
3012 Registered Nurses A
3142 Physiotherapists A
3143 Occupational Therapists A
3211 Medical Laboratory Technologists B
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses B
4151 Psychologists A
4153 Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors A
6235 Financial Sales Representatives B
To find out if you are eligible to immigrate to Canada through the NSNP, or any of the currently available immigration programs, fill out a free online assessment form.

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40 thoughts on “Nova Scotia to Reopen Express Entry PNP Stream “In the Coming Weeks”

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    Akinlolu oluwabunmi fiyinfoluwa

    My name is fiyinfoluwa,and 26 years of age.
    I wish to be in Canada,anytime from now,
    I just love the country
    And I will glad if my request is granted.

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    ibukunoluwa David

    I am a graduate of psychologist in a notable nigerian univesity open univrtsity and also a media expert .how do i Apply?

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    Pls let me know when the stream Nova Scotia express entry stream opens I want to apply

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    I am masters graduate in Civil Engineer from England, and i want to know the points category to apply for this and what are the major requirements.

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    I am eagerly looking forward to let it open to apply.

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    Beshoy Ayad

    Please I want to many points do u asess BSC degree in physical therapy .itis 4year professional degree .does it like pharmacy,medicine,chiropractic and dentistry as a professional degree as23points .thank u

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    Evelyn Etchie

    Good day,I will love to relocate to Canada.please am a General medical practitioner .Am I an eligible candidate?

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    Getting a professional job as a pharmacist has proven tasking. The pharmacy board has to approve my licence and that takes time. Could one come in with a lower skill, work while carrying out board exams?

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    Isaac Osei

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am a 59 year old male, Ghanaian and British Citizen, married with 3 young children.

    I have speciality in the Telecoms/GSM and IT industry in the EMEA for over 30 years. More recently, I have been working in Nigeria and Ghana ICT senior sales and general management.

    Kindly advise if there is any career opportunity for me in Canada and, if so, how do I proceed from here? I am currently unemployed and based in Ghana, West Africa.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best regards,

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