The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has launched an exciting new immigration stream through which candidates in the federal Express Entry system who meet Nova Scotia’s provincial labour market needs may be invited to apply for nomination.
The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream invited its first candidates on August 8, 2018, when a total of 314 candidates in the Express Entry pool were contacted by the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and offered the opportunity to submit an application.
For this first round of invitations, Nova Scotia was looking specifically for candidates in the Express Entry pool who have work experience as early childhood educators and assistants (National Occupational Classification 4214).
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.
Only candidates who receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration may apply to the Labour Market Priorities stream.
To apply, candidates must:
- receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Nominee Program within the Express Entry system;
- meet the minimum work experience requirements of the Express Entry stream for which they have qualified;
- demonstrate sufficient funds to successfully establish themselves and their family, if applicable, in Nova Scotia and to pay their immigration costs and travel expenses;
- have legal status in their current country of residence; and
- meet eligibility criteria in place at the time they are issued a Letter of Interest.
Invited candidates must provide letters of reference from employers to demonstrate proof of a minimum of two years of work experience in NOC 4214.
Letters of reference must:
- be written on company letterhead;
- be signed by the responsible human resources officer, supervisor, or manager;
- show company’s full address, telephone number, e-mail and website addresses and be stamped with the company’s official seal (if applicable); and
- include all of the following information in one document:
- the specific period of your employment with the company,
- the positions you have held during the period of employment and time spent in each position,
- your main responsibilities and duties in each position,
- your annual salary plus benefits in each position,
- the number of hours worked per week in each position, and
- proof that your work experience meets the lead statement and the majority (at least 51%) of the main duties as set out in NOC.
Job opportunities and recognition of credentials
Information about current opportunities for early childhood educators in Nova Scotia can be found here.
A license to practice — or “classification” — is required to work as a qualified educator in regulated child care or pre-primary in Nova Scotia. Individuals can apply for a classification with Classification Services, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. For those with an international credential, this is a two-step process:
Step 1: Obtain an international credential assessment. Information about this process can be found here.
Step 2: Apply for a classification. Information about qualifications and the application process can be found here.
The future of the Labour Market Priorities stream
At this time, it is not known when the second and subsequent draws may take place, or what criteria may in place for any future draws beyond August 8.