Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream selects candidates in the federal Express Entry system who meet provincial labour market needs to apply for nomination. Only candidates who receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration may apply.


To apply you must:

Labour Market Priorities Stream Early Childhood Educators Draw
June 3, 2019

Letters of Interest (LOI) have been issued to candidates in the Express Entry pool who have work experience in NOC 4214, Early childhood educators and assistants (ECEs), and submitted an expression of interest to the Express Entry pool on or after Aug. 8, 2018.  Candidates invited to apply must provide:

  • proof that they have received ECE post-secondary education for children aged 0 to 8 years;
  • proof that they have completed a program of two or more years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute; and
  • letters of reference from employers to demonstrate proof of a minimum of 5 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
    • the number of hours worked in total for each position
    • proof that your work experience meets the lead statement and the majority (at least 51%) of the main duties as set out in NOC 2016, found here:

Job Opportunities

Information about current opportunities for early childhood educators in Nova Scotia can be found at

International Credential Recognition

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 apply for a classification with Classification Services, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. International credentials are measured against the Standards for Early Childhood Education Post-Secondary Programs.

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: organization_responsible_for_recognition.canada

Step 2: Apply for a classification. Information about qualifications, the credential recognition and classification processes, including how to apply can be found here:

For more information about early childhood education in Nova Scotia, visit or contact Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Early Years Branch via email at or by calling 902-424-5168 or 1-888-825-7770 (toll free).


If you have received a Letter of Interest, complete the online application form and include all required information and attachments.

Apply Online



Nova Scotia Office of Immigration
1469 Brenton Street, 3rd floor
PO Box 1535
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 2Y3

(902) 424-5230

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