Nova Scotia held two draws in September (Sep 4th and 20th) via the NSNP Labour Market Priorities Stream, with one draw targeted at eligible carpenters with a profile in the federal Express Entry pool. The 22 carpenters were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence. They have 30 days to apply for a provincial nomination for PR.
The Labour Market Priorities Stream allows the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) to search the federal Express Entry pool for eligible candidates with work experience in occupations that are facing a shortage of domestic workers.
The federal Express Entry Program is the main tool used by Canada to actively assess and select skilled immigrants under the following federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class. The program holds regular invitation rounds through which a set number of the highest-ranked candidates in the pool are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Selected candidates are required to provide letters of reference from employers to demonstrate that they have two or more years of skilled trades experience as a carpenter. Self-employed carpenters have to provide documentation from third parties indicating the service provided, and payment details.
NSNP Labour Market Priorities
The NSNP Labour Market Priorities stream selects candidates in the federal Express Entry system who meet provincial labour market needs to apply for nomination. Only candidates who receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration may apply.
The Labour Market Priorities Stream was launched in August 2018 and has been used to invite early childhood education workers, financial auditors and accountants, and French-speaking Express Entry candidates.
Successful Labour Market Priorities Stream nominees receive 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points towards their Express Entry ranking score, effectively guaranteeing them an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
- receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Nominee Program within the Express Entry system;
- submit your application within 30 calendar days of the date on which your letter of interest was issued;
- meet the minimum work experience requirements of the Express Entry stream for which you have qualified;
- demonstrate sufficient funds to successfully establish yourself and your family in Nova Scotia and to pay your immigration costs and travel expenses;
- have legal status in your current country of residence;
- meet eligibility criteria in place at the time you are issued a Letter of Interest; and
- have a valid Express Entry number and meet all IRCC criteria for the Express Entry pool.