Immigrate to Canada: Nova Scotia invites 430 registered nurses to apply for provincial nomination

Registered nurses

430 Registered Nurses with online profiles created on Canada’s Express Entry System were invited to apply for Permanent Residency under the new Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream.


The Nova Scotia Nominee Program allows the province to nominate eligible applicants to immigrate to Canada using different streams geared towards meeting the economic requirements of Nova Scotia. 

The October 28, 2019 draw focused on candidates with work experience as registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses.

Express Entry is the Government of Canada’s immigration system which manages the candidate pool for its high-skilled economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.


The new Labour Market Priorities Stream allows the Government of Nova Scotia to look for eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool to address specific labour shortages in their province. In this case, they were looking for candidates with backgrounds working as registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses.

430 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residency.

Receiving a provincial nomination gives candidates 600 additional points for their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Receiving the additional points pretty much guarantees that successful candidates receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.


Nova Scotia has chosen candidates from the Express Entry pool five times this year. In previous draws, Nova Scotia looked for candidates who had backgrounds as carpenters, early childhood educators, financial auditors and accountants.

It’s still not a sure thing, however. The chosen candidates still have to meet the criteria to receive the Government of Nova Scotia’s nomination.

Candidates must have their primary occupation listed as registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012).

They must also have three or more years of work experience as a registered nurse or as a registered psychiatric nurse with verifiable references from previous employers. 

In terms of language proficiency, candidates must have a minimum  Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 8 in English or French.

Candidates must also have a bachelor’s degree or a three year program from a university, college, trade or technical school.

Express Entry profiles to qualify for the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priority Stream must have been submitted no earlier than November 1, 2018.

Candidates who receive an invitation from the Government of Nova Scotia have 30 days to submit  their application.

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