The government of Nova Scotia reopened its Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry immigration stream today (Wednesday, October 11) at 8 a.m. EST. These 250-300 applications will be accepted under Category B, a popular stream which has reached its intake limit quickly in the past. Candidates who are interested in applying should ensure that they are prepared, reviewing their eligibility across all criteria and ensuring all documentation is comprehensive and up-to-date.

The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream selects highly-skilled individuals who wish to live in the Province of Nova Scotia permanently. Category A requires applicants to have a one year or longer full-time job offer from a Nova Scotia employer. A job offer is not required under Category B of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry. However eligible Express Entry candidates must have at least one year of continuous, full-time (1,560 hours or more) work experience, or an equal amount in paid part-time work experience in the last six years in an Opportunity Occupation.

Opportunity Occupations have been identified as professions where there may be employment opportunities in Nova Scotia. Currently the identified Opportunity Occupations are as follows:

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


*Please note that this list may be subject to change

Applicants in this applying under Category B  will need to demonstrate that they:

  • Performed the actions described in the lead statements for the occupation as set out in the occupational description of the NOC; and
  • Performed a substantial number of the main duties, including all of the essential duties, of the occupation as set out in the occupational description of NOC.

In addition, applicants to both the Category A and B will also need to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have a profile in the Express Entry pool
  • They must possess a valid foreign diploma, certificate or credential and its educational credential assessment (ECA) by a designated body or valid Canadian educational credential;
  • They must achieve a minimum of CLB 7 in each of the four language abilities (reading, writing, listening and speaking) from a designated agency such as IELTS, CELPIP or TEF;
  • A minimum of 1 year of full time (or equivalent part-time) paid work experience in the last 6 years. This can be Canadian or international experience but must be in NOC Skill Type 0, A or B occupation
  • Obtain at least 67 points on the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry points grid. Points are awarded based on education, language ability, work experience, age, arranged employment in Nova Scotia and adaptability.

As of the writing of this post, the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Category B remains open but the application portal will be closed once the 250 – 300 applications have been received. If an application is unable to be submitted at this time, applicants should have their materials prepared in time to take advantage of the next opportunity down the line.

UPDATE: The Category B Stream of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry has now reached its intake limit and will not be accepting further applications.

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