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Nova Scotia held its first Labour Market Priorities draw in three months on September 4, inviting 204 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
The Labour Market Priorities Stream allows the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) to search Canada’s Express Entry pool for eligible candidates who match identified labour market needs in the province.
Since its launch in 2018, the stream has invited early childhood education workers, financial auditors and accountants, and French-speaking Express Entry candidates.
This latest draw targeted Express Entry candidates who had selected French as their first official language and have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 8 or higher in French in all language abilities (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
Selected candidates also had to have a CLB score of at least 6 or higher in English in all four language abilities and either a bachelor’s degree or a completed program of three years or more at a university, college, trade or technical school.
A spokesperson for the NSNP said there was no minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement.
A CRS score determines a candidate’s rank in the Express Entry pool and is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among others.
Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Candidates who received a Letter of Invitation in today’s draw now have 30 calendar days to submit a complete application to the NSNP.
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