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The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream is a PNP stream for Express Entry candidates. Throughout the year, Nova Scotia will select candidates from the Express Entry pool based on labour market needs for the province. Sometimes this means that certain occupations are prioritized, sometimes it means that French-speakers are prioritized. The rules are determined for each invitation round and not announced in advance.

Successful applicants obtain 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, effectively guaranteeing them an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

Latest Draw Criteria & Results

Here’s the most recent information about intake rounds for Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities, including the criteria used to select candidates in each round.

Latest intake rounds: N.S. Labour Market Priorities

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream, the primary requirement is having an active Express Entry profile. As long as a person has an active Express Entry profile, and indicates that they would consider residing in Nova Scotia, they will be considered for the Labour Market Priorities stream.

Nova Scotia will periodically scan through Express Entry profiles, applying a filter seeking candidates with a certain skillset making them an asset to the Nova Scotian labour market. In the past, draws have selected candidates based on experience in certain occupations, French-language proficiency, and more.

Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing which type of candidate may be prioritized in the next round of invitations. Nova Scotia does not release this information in advance.

Application Process

If you are one of the fortunate Express Entry candidates to be selected, you will receive a Letter of Interest (LOI) from Nova Scotia. This LOI will appear in your Express Entry account. If you receive an LOI, you will have 60 days to submit a complete application for nomination to Nova Scotia.

If your application to Nova Scotia is approved, you will receive a Provincial Nomination, earning you an additional 600 points added to your CRS score. This virtually guarantees that you’ll receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw.

The future of the Labour Market Priorities stream

At this time, it is not known when subsequent draws may take place, or what criteria may in place for any future draws. See our PNP Live Tracker for updates on all PNP streams.

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