The capital and the largest city is Halifax (population over 400,000). The Canadian province of Nova Scotia occupies the territory of the Nova Scotia peninsula and the island of Cape Breton. There is small island Sable, which is connected with the continent (the province of New Brunswick) by a narrow isthmus. The coastal strip of the province is 10,427 km. From the south and east, the coast is washed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, in the north is the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in the west - the Bay of Fundy. Its area is 55 284 km ². Nova Scotia is larger than Denmark but smaller than Scotland.

Back in the time when the majority of people traveled to Canada by boat, Pier 21 was the place where almost all newcomers to Canada first landed, making it an important destination for Canadian immigration. Nova Scotia is also the native place of Canadian’s oldest African-Canadian Community.

Economy and Employment

Fishing industry plays an important role in the development of the province. Nova Scotia is famous for its fish supplies. The export value of fish products exceeds $ 1 billion.

There are many ancient fossil rocks in Nova Scotia, especially on the shore of the Bay of Fundy. The coal and gypsum are extracted from the island Sable on the sea shelf.

An important sector of the economy is the extraction of gypsum and salt, silicon, peat, barite. In Nova Scotia, the film industry is developed. The province hosts film festivals. The tourism industry of Nova Scotia is an actively developing industry. Annually 200 thousand passengers on cruise ships travel through the port of Halifax. This industry produces an average of 1.3 billion a year. The average annual income of a family in Nova Scotia is 67,000 Canadian dollars. GDP per capita is 38 thousand dollars.


There are more than 450 public schools in Nova Scotia, as well as private schools. Length of education is 12 years.

In 1988, Nova Scotia Community College was opened, which united a few professional provincial schools. The college includes 13 buildings scattered throughout several parts of the province. The structure includes four institutes: Marine Technologies, Fisheries, Aviation and Center for Geographical Sciences.

By training 24,000 students a year, the NSCC is preparing the best technical professionals in the province. There are 10 universities, including the University of Dalhousie, the University of the Royal College, the University of St. Mary, and others.


Nova Scotia is a center for the development of art. There are many places where everyone can have a chance to see amazing works of old as well as modern talents (the art gallery of Nova Scotia, the theater of Neptune, etc.). The College of Art and Design is located in Halifax, providing a comprehensive education in the field.

The province is famous for its beautiful sculptures and artists. For example, Maria Morris, Jack L. Gre, Ernest Lawson, Francis Bannerman, George Lang, and has also been a birthplace of famous film actors - Ellen Page was born in Halifax, Arthur Kennedy - five-time Oscar nominee.

Sport is an important part of the culture of Nova Scotia. There are numerous semiprofessional, university, amateur sports teams in the province, for example, "Halifax Mooseheads" - champion of the Canadian Hockey Cup in 2013.

Immigration to Halifax: The Jewish Community of Halifax Immigration to Halifax

The Jewish community of Halifax (Nova Scotia) continues to grow and now it is the largest community to the east of Montreal. About 1,500 Jews and various organizations have been operating since the 1920s. Earlier, the Jewish community of Halifax successfully helped Jews, both, in immigration to Canada and in adaptation in the country. But recently, its support is intended more for those who are already in the country.

Main City

Halifax is an economic center of Atlantic Canada. The city has been serving as one of Canada’s most important ports for newcomers. A population of Halifax exceeds 400,000. Halifax’s Pier 21 used to be the main entry point for immigrants, now has been converted into an immigration museum.

Acting as a provincial capital, the government is the main job provider in the Halifax area. Canada’s Department of Nova Scotia and the office of the Government of Nova Scotia, are located in Halifax. Port of Halifax is another employer in the city. Offshore oil and gas production sector is on-demand. Service industry and many private sector companies are represented here.

Halifax is a center for learning and culture. Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University – are the most renown post-secondary institutions.

Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSNP)

Immigration to Canada through the province of Nova Scotia is one of the easiest ways to obtain the status of permanent residence in Canada. The Immigration Program of Nova Scotia (abbreviated NSNP - Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program) has its own rules and selection criteria established by local immigration authorities. The program of Nova Scotia has five main categories. Those wishing to immigrate to Canada through Nova Scotia must meet the requirements of one of the categories listed below.

The NSNP accepts applications for the following immigration programs:

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
Skilled Worker Stream Entrepreneur
International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

Since January 2015, Nova Scotia uses the federal state immigration system Express Entry to select candidates for permanent residence in Canada in the category Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry. This stream is intended for highly qualified specialists with higher education and work experience that will allow them to successfully adapt and live in the province of Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

The province of Nova Scotia uses the Federal government immigration system to select the Express Entry for the selection of candidates for this stream, which gives the opportunity for permanent residence in Canada for highly qualified candidates who have worked in the province for at least one year.

Skilled Worker Stream

The program accepts applications from those candidates who received a job offer from one of the companies registered in Nova Scotia.

Entrepreneur Stream

The immigration category of the NSNP Entrepreneur Stream is designed to attract people who are willing to organize or acquire a business and settle in the provinces.

International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is open to university graduates who have completed at least two years of full-time study in provincially recognized universities or colleges, have worked for their business in the province for at least one year and intend to permanently reside in Nova Scotia.