Nova-Scotia Occupation

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) through Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream selects highly qualified and skilled candidates who wants to live, study and work in Nova Scotia on a permanent basis. These candidates, however, should have a good opportunity of finding a job within the labor market of Nova Scotia as soon as they will arrive in the province.

The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream is closely associated with the intake system of the Express Entry Program of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The principal applicant is required to create a profile in the Express Entry using the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry System (which only operates online) and submit a completed application to the NSOI using an online application system. 

The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration or the NSOI has reserved the right to take into consideration only specific types of occupations for nominating eligible candidates, depending on the current needs of the labour market. 

These occupations that are in high demand across Nova Scotia are described here in the Nova Scotia Occupation In Demand list along with their NOC code and also their respective skill type. 

The potential candidates are encouraged to apply for the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream under any one of the following visa categories:

Category A: It has been designed for applicants that have a job offer and remains open throughout the year. 

Category B: It has been designed for candidates with a previous work experience under an opportunity occupation. It could be either open or close at different points of time in the year. This is only because such controlling intake enables the provincial government of Nova Scotia to process applications in a more effective manner. 

The following occupations list describes the professions where majority of the employment opportunities exist in Nova Scotia. 

The classification of the occupations is done in association with the National Occupational Classification 2016 (NOC). The NOC helps in determining whether a certain job meets the required skill levels that are being established under skilled and semi-skilled occupations, also if the applicants’ qualifications and work experience matches with the job requirements. 

The NOC matrix gives a complete overview of all the occupational classification structure which is primarily based on different skill levels and skill types. 

Table: Nova Scotia Occupation Demand List 

Occupation TitleNOCSkill Type
Financial auditors and accountants 1111A
Other financial officers 1114A
Professional occupations in marketing, advertising and public relations 


Administrative assistants


Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 1311B
Civil engineers 2131A
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 3012A
Licensed practical nurses 3233B
College and other vocational instructors4021A
Paralegal and related occupations 4211B
Social and community service workers 4212B


Please note, the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) reserves the right to take into consideration only specific occupations and jobs for nomination and to limit only those occupations that are recognized as eligible under the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream. The NSOI has the complete right to target only certain occupations, occupations in some industries or occupations across specific economical sectors. The NSOI therefore holds the right to change this occupation lists, at any time. 

Getting Invitation from Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is a selection and immigration recruitment program which enables the provincial government of Nova Scotia to sponsor candidates who have the ability to meet the required needs of the labour market as well as the economic needs of the province. A nominated candidate can accompany their common-law partner or spouse and other dependents, that are being approved under this program can obtain permanent residency of Canada after getting approval from the Canadian Government. 

Please note that since the NSNP stream is one of the important parts of the economic immigration program, therefore it cannot be used for the purpose of family reunification or for asylum or any humanitarian reasons. 

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