Minister Lena Metlege Diab visiting the University Children’s Centre after announcing the new immigration stream. (Image Province of Nova Scotia).

Nova Scotia launched a new immigration stream that takes a flexible and innovative approach to address the province’s unique labour market needs.

The new immigration stream, called Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities, is being introduced on August 8, 2018, and will examine the current needs of the local workforce and invite immigrants who can fill desired positions that local populations can’t sustain.

At the time of the project’s launch, Nova Scotia is seeking early childhood educators and will be inviting immigrants who are experienced in this profession to move to the province through the federal Express Entry system.

This flexible stream works in addition to the existing Office of Immigration’s other streams, continually adapting to seek out the desired candidates depending on the province’s current needs.

“Our immigration system must be responsive to meet the unique labour needs of the province,” said Lena Metlege Diab, Nova Scotia Minister of Immigration. “Attracting and retaining skilled workers will help increase access to important services such as early childhood education, while also helping grow our population.”

“Attracting and retaining skilled workers will help increase access to important services such as early childhood education, while also helping grow our population.” – Lena Metlege Diab, NS Minister of Immigration

Eligible candidates will receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Nominee Program within the Express Entry system. From there, candidates are required to provide a letter of reference from employers proving a minimum of two years of work.

For more information about the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream, and for info on what documents candidates need to provide, visit this website.