The Nova Scotia Nominee Program allows you to live, work, and settle in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program for Entrepreneurs is your path to Canada if you are seeking to settle within the province as an investor.

What is the Nova Scotia PNP?

The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NS PNP) is designed to enhance immigration to the province through the selection of overseas nationals – who possess the specific skills required by the economy of the province – that are interested in immigrating to Canada.

An individual can obtain a Nomination Certificate from Nova Scotia PNP in 2 ways:

Outside Express Entry

A person can straightaway submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) outside of Express Entry. The applicants will then be assessed based on a point’s grid.

Qualified candidates will then be offered an invitation to apply to the NS PNP. They can then create an Express Entry profile and offer the nomination details after being nominated.

With Express Entry

Individuals interested to immigrate to Nova Scotia need a valid Express Entry profile. They can indicate an interest in the province through the online immigration system.

The NS PNP can then contact the candidates with Express Entry profiles. They must have the specific experience and skills that Nova Scotia is looking for in the labor market. They must also have included Nova Scotia as a province they are willing to settle in.

Express Entry candidates with particular skills and experience (that the province is looking for in its skilled labour force) may then be contacted by the NS PNP, provided they have listed Nova Scotia as the province that they would be ready to settle in.

Nova Scotia Immigration Program and Express Entry system

The Nova Scotia Immigration Program is aligned with the Express Entry system. Candidates with an active Express Entry profile are eligible to apply for this program.

Nova Scotia’s PNP offers two categories:

Category A: Requires candidates to have a job offer from an employer in the province. This could be a challenge for applicants from outside Canada.

Category B: Experience in any of the in-demand occupations in the province will be needed to be eligible.

Nova Scotia PNP pathways



Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities

Linked with the federal Express Entry system.

Express Entry candidates meeting the provincial labour needs might be issued an invitation – a Letter of Interest – from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI).

Only those that receive an LOI from the NSOI may apply to the stream.

Labour Market Priorities for Physicians

Linked with the federal Express Entry system.

Only candidates with an approved offer from Nova Scotia’s public health authorities – the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre (IWK) – that have received an LOI from the NSOI might apply. 


Allows Nova Scotia’s public health authorities – the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre (IWK) – to recruit and retain physicians (general practitioners, specialist physicians, and family physicians) with the required skills for positions that they had been unable to fill with a Canadian PR or citizen of Canada.


For experienced business owners or senior managers that wish to immigrate to Nova Scotia.

Can either start a new business or buy an existing business in Nova Scotia.

Must be actively involved in the day-to-day management of that business.

The entrepreneur might be nominated for Canadian permanent residence after operating the business for 1 year.

You can apply only after you receive an invitation.

International Graduate Entrepreneur


For recent graduates of either the Nova Scotia Community College or of a Nova Scotia university.

Must have already bought/started a business in the province and operated it for a minimum of 1 year.

You can apply only after you receive an invitation.

Skilled Worker

For hiring foreign workers and recently graduated international students that have skills needed in Nova Scotia.

Hiring of foreign workers can only be done for positions that the employer has been unable to fill locally (with either Canadian permanent residents or citizens of Canada).

Occupations in Demand

Targets specific NOC C occupations that are in high demand in the provincial labour market.

As of now, the targeted occupations are NOC 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates) and NOC 7511 (Transport truck drivers).

Eligible occupations are subject to change.

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

Linked with the federal Express Entry system.

For highly skilled individuals that intend living in Nova Scotia permanently.

Minimum 1 year of experience – of working in Nova Scotia in a high skilled occupation will be required.

How long will it take to process Nova Scotia PNP?

Generally, the average time for completing the process is around 3 to 6 months.

How do I apply for Nova Scotia immigration?

The NSPNP (Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program) invites applicants to apply for a nomination under diverse streams. Some of the major ones are:

  • Nova Scotia Experience Express Entry stream
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur stream

Nevertheless, the Category B (Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry) is the key stream. This is when it comes to obtaining a nomination from the NSPNP without a job offer. It has been designed for applicants who have experience in an opportunity occupation. This stream closes and opens all around the year based on the latest status.

How do I apply for Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry?

The applicants of Category B: Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry are required to –

  • Have a profile in Express Entry,
  • Have at least a year’s skilled work experience in one of the targeted occupations,
  • Possess a high school credential in Canada or its equivalent,
  • Demonstrate minimum language proficiency in French or English at CLB 7 (Canadian Language Benchmark), and
  • Demonstrate adequate financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.

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