Skilled Worker Stream
The Skilled Worker stream assists employers in hiring workers whose skills are in limited supply in the province. The stream helps employers recruit and/or retain foreign workers with the required skills for positions that they have been unable to fill with a permanent resident or Canadian citizen.
The skilled worker must have a full-time, permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer before submitting an application to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). Provincial priorities may change as skill shortages are met by permanent residents or Canadian citizens.
Skilled and Semi-Skilled Workers
The Office of Immigration differentiates between skilled workers, semi-skilled and low-skilled workers.
Skilled workers are defined as individuals with occupation within NOC skill level O, A or B. Priority will be awarded to these higher skilled occupations.
Semi-skilled workers have occupations that fall under the NOC skill level C occupations. The Office of Immigration may consider applications based on local labour market requirement and conditions, and 6 months of work with the Nova Scotia employer supporting the application.
Low-skilled workers have occupations that fall under the NOC skill level D. The Office of Immigration may consider applications from individuals in these occupations only if all other eligibility criteria are met, the principal applicant has worked for at least 6 months with the Nova Scotia employer supporting the application, there are indicators of success in the application, and there is a strong employer support.
The Office of Immigration reserves the right to consider only certain types of jobs and occupations for nomination. This decision will depend on the current economic situation of the Nova Scotia labour market needs.
For skilled, semi-skilled and low-skilled workers, priority will be given to workers whose employers:
- have made a genuine effort to recruit qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents
- can demonstrate that they will provide additional supports to assist newcomers with their settlement needs.
Positions in all skill level occupations need to receive prevailing wages for their industry or sector as per the Government of Canada Web site www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Skilled Worker Applicant Guide and Forms
Please carefully review and follow the instructions outlined in the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) Skilled Worker application guide and forms. The applications will be assessed based on the criteria outlined in the NSNP Skilled Worker Application Guide. All provincial and federal forms as well as supporting documents need to be included in your application to the NSNP.
NSNP Skilled Worker Application Guide
NSNP 100 - Application Form
NSNP 200 - Employer Information
NSNP 50 - Use of a Representative (if applicable)
NSNP 60 - Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual (if applicable)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada Forms
Provide copies only with your application to the NSNP
Application for Permanent Residence: Guide for Provincial Nominees [IMM EP7000]
Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008]
Additional Dependants/Declaration [IMM 0008DEP]
Schedule A - Background/Declaration [IMM 5669]
Additional Family Information [IMM 5406]
Schedule 4: Economic Classes: Provincial Nominees [IMM 0008 SCHEDULE 4]
Supplementary Information - Your Travels [IMM 5562]
Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual [IMM 5475] (if applicable)
Use of a Representative [IMM 5476] (if applicable)