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Nova Scotia PNP

Nova Scotia PNP

Nova Scotia has a very diverse economy that includes key industries in the service, manufacturing and mining sectors. Traditionally, many Nova Scotians made their livings from fish stocks of the Scotian Shelf. Unfortunately, however, fish resources have become endangered in recent years, heavily impacting the fishing industry. Recently, the Nova Scotia economy has successfully diversified, and with retraining many of those who had lost their jobs with the decline of the fisheries have found new jobs in Nova Scotia’s growth industries. Nova Scotia has a highly developed forestry sector as well as a highly specialized commercial agriculture sector. The mining sector is dominated by coal production. The province of Nova Scotia has recently begun to benefit from the extensive exploration of offshore oil and gas has been undertaken in the past decade. Average income for Nova Scotia ranks among the highest in terms of Maritime Provinces. The average family income for Nova Scotia is $67,910. For the Halifax area, the average family income is a fair bit higher, at $80,490, well above the Canadian average.

Standard of Living – The cost of living in Nova Scotia is quite affordable, falling below the Canadian average. Combined with the comfortable average salary in the province, Nova Scotians can afford a very high standard of living. Provincial personal income taxes are approximately 15.8%.

Nova Scotia Residential Housing – One of the key elements of Nova Scotia’s low cost of living is the affordable housing. The average price to purchase a house in the Halifax area is only $281,000, while a similar sized home in some of Canada’s other major cities can be expected to cost up to twice that amount. Suitable and affordable housing is available.

Nova Scotia Education– Nova Scotia has a comprehensive system of post-secondary education consisting of universities, technical colleges and apprenticeship programs. Nova Scotia’s undergraduate tuition fees are the highest of any province, at an average of approximately $5,500

Nova Scotia Government – The province of Nova Scotia has its own democratically-elected parliament (known as the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly) which is found in the provincial capital of Halifax. In total 52 representatives are elected to serve the interests of specific geographic areas.

In Demand Occupations for the purpose of selection of skilled immigrants for province of Nova Scotia is as below:

1. Licensed Practical Nurses24. Electrical and Electronics Engineers  
2. Psychologists25. Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)
3. Early Childhood Educators and Assistants26. Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
4. Retail Trade Supervisors27. Database Analysts and Data Administrators
5. Chefs28. Software Engineers and Designers
6. Cooks29. Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
7. Dentists30. Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
8. Pharmacists31. Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
9. Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists32. Information systems testing technicians
10. Physiotherapists33. Specialist Physicians
11. Occupational Therapists34. General Practitioners and Family Physicians
12. Registered Nurse and registered psychiatric nurse *nurse practitioners now under 3124 Allied primary health practitioners35. Psychologists
13. Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists36. Early Childhood Educators and Assistants
14. Medical Radiation Technologists37. Retail Trade Supervisors
15. Medical Sonographers38. Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
16. Medical Laboratory Technologist * Pathology assistants and morgue attendant supervisors moved to 321239. Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors
17. Managers in Health Care40. Industrial Electricians
18. Retail and wholesale trade managers41. Welders and related machine operators
19. Restaurant and Food Service Managers42. Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
20. Financial Auditors and Accountants43. Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
21. Other Financial Officers44. Crane Operators
22. Civil Engineers45. Supervisors, Other Mechanical and Metal Products Manufacturing
23. Mechanical Engineers

What are the different NSNP Categories?

  • Nova Scotia Demand: This stream is meant for professionals whose occupation is presently in demand in Nova Scotia. Applications are made through the Express Entry program.
  • Nova Scotia Experience: This stream is meant for professionals who are already working in Nova Scotia or have experience of working their profession in the province.
  • Skilled Worker Stream – This stream is geared towards highly skilled professionals who may not have a direct job offer from a Nova Scotia employer but are highly likely to get employed due to their skill set.
  • Entrepreneur – This stream is meant for those immigrants who want to setup their business in Nova Scotia.
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream – This stream is meant for fresh graduates who want to continue living in Canada and wish to begin working in Nova Scotia.

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