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Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry Stream reopens briefly over weekend

Stephen Smith

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Category B of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry immigration stream briefly reopened on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The Government of Nova Scotia said it would accept between 175 and 225 applications during this latest opening of the the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (NSDEE).

As with previous openings, the NSDEE, which operates on a first-come, first-served basis, reached its intake limit quickly. Given this trend, candidates who are interested in applying to the stream are advised to be prepared by reviewing eligibility and ensuring all documentation is close at hand and up-to-date.

The NSDEE is for highly-skilled individuals with a post-secondary education and the qualifications to integrate successfully into Nova Scotia’s labour market.

Category B: Paid Work Experience in an Opportunity Occupation requires at least one year of continuous full-time (or 1,560 hours or more) or an equal amount in part-time paid work experience in the last six years in one of the opportunity occupations, which are defined as professions for which there may be employment opportunities in Nova Scotia (please see table below).

To apply under Category B, you must:

  • Have a profile registered in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system.
  • Score 67 points or more on the stream’s six selection factors.
  • Have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in one of our target occupations.
  • Have a Canadian high school credential or equivalent.
  • Prove language ability in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark 7.
  • Show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.

The stream’s unique point-system awards eligible applicants points based on language proficiency, age, work experience, education, and adaptability. For full details on eligibility requirements and selection factors, see our dedicated Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry page.

Eligible Express Entry candidates with work experience in one of the following ‘opportunity’ occupations may submit an application to the NSDEE.

Occupation NOC code
Financial Auditors and Accountants 1111
Other financial officers 1114
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 1123
Administrative assistants 1241
Accounting and related clerks 1311
Civil engineers 2131
Information systems analysts and consultants 2171
Computer programmers and interactive media development 2174
Computer network technicians 2281
User support technicians 2282
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 3012
Licensed practical nurses 3233
College and other vocational instructors 4021
Paralegal and related occupations 4211
Social and community service workers 4212
Financial sales representatives 6235

The NSDEE is one of two Express Entry-aligned streams under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The stream allows Nova Scotia to nominate a limited number of candidates in the federal government’s Express Entry pool, which includes candidates from the federal government’s three economic immigration classes — the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Candidates in the Express Entry pool are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). A candidate who obtains a provincial nomination is awarded an additional 600 CRS points, placing them well within reach of being invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

The NSDEE’s Category A: Arranged Employment in Nova Scotia remains open. Applicants to this category must have an arranged job offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment from a Nova Scotia employer. The job offer must be in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level O, A, or B occupation.

To find out if you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool, the first step to immigrating to Canada through Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry, please fill out a free online assessment today.
If you have a valid Express Entry profile and work experience in an opportunity occupation listed above or a job offer in Nova Scotia, please contact us if you want to discuss your immigration options under the NSNP.