Changes to Nova Scotia's immigration nominee program

Published on February 20, 2014
Provincial Justice Minister Lena Diab and Yarmouth MLA Zach Churchill, Minister of Natural Resources, attended the ceremony. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

The province says it is strengthening the Nova Scotia Nominee Program.

A press release from Immigration Minister Lena Diab Feb. 20 said a Regional Labour Market Demand stream will replace the Community Identified stream.

"Immigration will be critical to Nova Scotia's future growth and success, and that's why government has placed such a high priority on it," said Diab. "The new Regional Labour Market Demand stream will focus on attracting immigrants who are ready, willing and able to work where they are needed most."

Through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, the province can nominate potential immigrants. The federal government sets the number of immigrants the province can nominate and makes the final decision on whether they can become permanent Canadian residents.

Under the new Regional Labour Market Demand stream, applicants will be assessed based on experience, education and language abilities, and ability to work in Nova Scotia's most in-demand occupations.

The federal government directed all provinces and territories to close non-economic immigration categories, such as the Community Identified stream, which was primarily focused on community connections.

Complete applications through the Community Identified stream will be accepted until March 6. Applications already submitted will continue to be processed.

More information on the Nova Scotia Nominee Program is available online.