Last Updated on February 6, 2020
May 30, 2019 – Nova Scotia immigration has announced the launch of a new Occupations in Demand Pilot to target intermediate-skilled jobs in high demand in the province.
The pilot, launched on Thursday, May 30, will initially target nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) and transport truck drivers (NOC 7511).
Occupations in Demand will operate for an initial three years with the target occupations subject to change depending on labour market demand.
It will specifically target jobs under National Occupational Classification (NOC) C.
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“We are constantly evaluating our programs to see how we can better respond to what the province needs,” said provincial Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab.
“We recognize the significant economic contributions immigrants make to our province and expect the changes and new Occupations in Demand pilot to help more businesses prosper.”
Nova Scotia Occupations in Demand Requirements
- Full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in either NOC 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates) or NOC 7511 (Transport truck drivers).
- One year of work experience related to the job.
- Be aged 21 to 55.
- High school diploma.
- Appropriate training, skills and/or accreditation for the job.
- Prove language ability equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4 even if your first language is English or French.
- Show financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.
Meanwhile, the province has also move to update its two entrepreneur immigration streams, the Entrepreneur Stream and the International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream.
The changes see existing business owners become eligible under the Entrepreneur Stream. Candidates can also now count operating expenses towards the required minimum investment.
For the International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream, ownership requirements will drop from 100 per cent to 33 per cent.
“Changes will allow for collaboration with other entrepreneurs and give recent international graduates more flexibility in achieving entrepreneurship and immigration goals,” a statement said.
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program now operates eight streams including the new pilot, as well as being part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
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