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:

Criteria for the Oct. 28, 2019, draw for nurses are as follows. Candidates must:

  • Have a primary occupation of registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012)
  • Provide letters of reference from employers, as outlined in the application guide, to demonstrate that they have 3 or more years of experience as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse.
  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 8 or higher in English or French in all language abilities as demonstrated by providing results from a language test approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.*
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree OR have completed a program of three or more years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute.*
  • Have submitted an expression of interest to the Express Entry pool on or after Nov. 1, 2018

* You must include copies of language tests and proof of education to meet a bachelor’s degree or higher with your application. Proof of education must include an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report issued by an organization designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada if your educational credential was obtained outside of Canada.

International Credential Recognition

Visit the Nova Scotia College of Nursing site to learn about becoming licensed in Nova Scotia.

The Department of Health and Wellness’s Entry to Practice Policy for Continuing Care Assistants allows certain internationally educated nurses  assessed by the National Nursing Assessment Service to work as Continuing Care Assistants.


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

For further information on Express Entry, please visit