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Nova Scotia announces new immigration targets for 2022

Nova Scotia has finalised its allotment for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) and the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) for 2022. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has boosted the province nomination number to 5,340 and added 1,173 extra endorsement spots to the AIP, which is 75 percent more than in 2021.

A record-breaking 9,025 new permanent residents moved to Nova Scotia in 2021, beating the previous high of 2019 by 19%. To promote economic growth, the province keeps making significant investments in immigration programmes.

“Nova Scotia is a great place and we are delighted that more and more people envision a future for themselves and their families here,” said Jill Balser, Minister of Labour, Skills and Immigration. “Population increase is crucial to our economic prosperity. In order to get ready for more people to call Nova Scotia home, we have been working with employers, communities, and settlement organisations to prepare for expansion.”

The province has also welcomed 500 Ukrainians through the Canada Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) (CUAET). Participants in CUAET are not included in the total number of newcomers.

Atlantic Immigration Program

In order to attract qualified immigrants to reside in one of the four Atlantic provinces, the Atlantic immigration programme was launched as a pilot initiative in 2017. It was made permanent in January 2022 after demonstrating great success. The initiative encourages firms in Atlantic Canada to apply to the province for official designation so that, in the event that they hire a foreign worker, the Labour Market Impact Assessment won’t be required (LMIA).

If an employee accepts a job offer from a designated employer, the business must connect them with a designated settlement service provider. The provider will conduct a needs assessment for the candidate, and any family members arriving with them, to prepare a settlement plan.

The AIP helped Nova Scotia reach over one million citizens for the first time in its history last year by welcoming 1,564 new permanent residents.

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program runs separately from the AIP and gives potential immigrants a choice of nine different immigration routes.

Express Entry aligned streams

Only applicants with Express Entry profiles with the following qualifications may apply for the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities, Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry, and Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians (IRCC).

The IRCC employs Express Entry, an application management system, for its economic immigration schemes. Candidates who satisfy the requirements for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) are given ratings based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest results are compared, and those who receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence status are more likely to do so.

Skilled Worker stream

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill code and a job offer from a Nova Scotian company are prerequisites for the Skilled Worker stream.

The NOCs 0, A, B, C, or D may apply to this stream. Depending on a candidate’s NOC, language requirements may change.

Occupation: In-Demand stream

The Occupation: In-Demand Stream calls for a job offer in any of the in-demand professions on the current list, usually those with NOCs C and D.

International Graduates: In-Demand stream

International graduates: Candidates for the In-Demand stream must have successfully completed a minimum 30-week programme for a profession that is in high demand, such as early childcare or housekeeping. An employment offer from inside the province is necessary, and half of the programme must be finished there.

International Graduate: Entrepreneur stream

The International Graduate: Entrepreneur stream is for international graduates who have completed a two-year programme at a Nova Scotian postsecondary school and have secured a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) (PGWP). Candidates also require at least one year of the business ownership experience.

Entrepreneur stream

Entrepreneur stream candidates need at least three years of business ownership experience as well as a business plan and a willingness to invest $150,000 to purchase or develop a firm inside Nova Scotia.

Immigration initiatives a success in Atlantic Canada

The NSNP and the Atlantic Immigration Program are substantially to blame for Nova Scotia’s population rise. Between 2017 and 2021, more than 10,000 people entered Nova Scotia via the AIP. About 91 percent of immigrants remained in the province during this time.

Jasmine Kaur
Author: Jasmine Kaur

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