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Nova Scotia’s Immigration Shows Positive Trends

Nova Scotia’s Office of Immigration recognizes the “good job” Canada’s Atlantic Pilot is doing across the region.

Nova Scotia was able to embrace 5,645 immigrants to the province last year – an unprecedented number of “landings”, says the CEO of Nova Scotia’s Office of Immigration.

And part of this success is attributed to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, which was introduced in March 2017. Currently, more than 1,000 people are accepted to come to Nova Scotia and 246 of those have already become permanent residents.

Canadian employers are encouraged to register with Atlantic Canada to hire skilled foreign workers. Once applicants receive an invitation to apply, the process of obtaining permanent residence is fast-tracked.

When analyzing the 2017 admission numbers versus the 2018 statistical data, we can see that a slow start was replaced with fast growth. In 2017, in terms of immigration to Nova Scotia, the province had a quota of 792 people in the program but eventually approved only 201 applications. In 2018, the province welcomed 792 immigrants.

The province is tasked with creating favorable conditions in order to retain newcomers in this Atlantic Province of Canada. If they feel happy and comfortable, they will not think of leaving Nova Scotia and will want to put down roots here.

Nova Scotia’s population growth


Statistics Canada shows that Nova Scotia’s population growth keeps up with the national average, which is a sign of positive economic development in the province. For the last three consecutive years, the population has risen. For example, more than 10,000 people moved in 2017, which was a leap of 1.08% in one year, given the national average of 1.4%.

The number of newcomers landing in Nova Scotia (from January to October) surged by 36% compared to the same period in 2017. Don Mills, the CEO of Halifax-based Corporate Research Associates noted that this growth would be reflected in 2019 as well. He couldn’t hide the excitement due to this positive change as it has never happened in the past six decades.

Another good story is that the province showcases good results in retaining immigrants in Nova Scotia. Some highly-skilled foreign candidates were able to apply for immigration directly through new programs.

Most of them are heading to Halifax, Nova Scotia, which is in the midst of an economic boom. The local officials also encourage real estate investments in the city. As a result, more young people recognize Halifax as a great place to live, and experts suggest that it will turn into the greatest city in Canada in the next decade.

Besides, there are small communities like Dolores Atwood that also see an increase in immigration. Surely, this tiny settlement has to solve existing issues with housing and transportation in order to attract and keep newcomers. People come from Egypt, Israel, the Philippines, as well as countries from around Europe, Asia and Latin America. Families tend to like small centers because they think they are the best place to raise children.

Nova Scotia, one of the Atlantic provinces in Canada has the following immigration streams:

  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia labor Market Priorities
  • Skilled Worker
  • Physician
  • Entrepreneur
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur


The latest draw was issued on January 29, 2019, in which 300 financial auditors and accountants received letters of interest. The lowest CRS score for Nova Scotia immigration was 400.

Applicants in NOC 1111, financial auditors and accountant needed to submit a profile to the Express Entry system on or after July 1, 2018. The requirements included a Comprehensive Ranking Score between 400 and 450, bachelor degree or college/trade school diploma under a program not less than three years. In addition, candidates must have a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 7 or higher in English or French and at least five years of work experience in NOC 1111.

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Nova Scotia Immigration introduced Labor Market Priorities in August 2018 to allow the province to distinguish in-demand occupations.

Upon receiving a letter of interest, candidates have 30 calendar days to submit an application.

General Requirements for Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities:

  • Receive a Letter of Interest from Nova Scotia Nominee Program in the Express Entry pool;
  • Submit your application within 30 calendar days from the date the letter of interest is issued;
  • Satisfy the minimum work experience requirement;
  • Present evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself and your family in Nova Scotia;
  • Have legal status in your current country of residence;
  • Comply with eligibility requirements in place at the time you have been issued a letter of interest.


Since launching the program, this is the second draw. The first draw opened in August 2018 targeted childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214).

Immigration streams aligned with the Express Entry system are the most popular as the candidates only need to score 67 points out of 100. Applicants receive a score based on their age, educational qualifications, work experience, language proficiency etc. Those with the highest scores can receive a nomination from the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program, which awards them 600 additional CRS points towards their overall immigration point score.

In general, immigration to Nova Scotia and other Atlantic provinces of Canada is more straightforward when compared with immigration process to other provinces. The province offers jobs for skilled workers that want to come and settle on a permanent basis.


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