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Nova Scotia Occupations In Demand Adds Heavy Equipment Operators and Labourers

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"Recently, the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) added heavy equipment operators and laborers to the targeted occupations list for its Occupations In-demand subcategory stream."
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Published on:  Jul 21, 2021
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Recently, the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) added heavy equipment operators and laborers to the targeted occupations list for its Occupations In-demand subcategory stream. 

As of May 14, 2021, applicants with work experience in occupations classified as National Occupational Code (NOC) 7521- Heavy Equipment Operators and NOC 7611- Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers will be prioritized when nominating applicants for provincial nomination. 

The targeted occupations list already includes occupations like nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates, and transport truck drivers. 

Why Was the Targeted Occupations List Expanded?

Nova Scotia has a declining workforce due to an aging population. Experts believe that only population growth fueled by immigration can ensure timely economic recovery of the province, especially after the pandemic. Also, increasing immigration levels to Nova Scotia will contribute to the higher federal immigration targets for 2021.

The Canadian government recently decided to make the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program permanent to encourage economic immigration to Atlantic Canada. Given the restricted immigration levels due to the pandemic, Nova Scotia’s economy is expected to recover by 4.2% this year and 2.4% in 2022. However, these numbers are expected to rise with the return to normal immigration levels.

Immigration to Canada was adversely affected in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic that led to border closures and travel restrictions all over the world. Last year, only 4,075 foreign nationals immigrated to Nova Scotia compared to 7,580 in 2019.

What Are the Requirements for the Occupations In-Demand Subcategory?

Applicants must meet the following requirements to qualify for the Occupations In-Demand stream:

  • Be currently employed in Nova Scotia in a targeted occupation

  • Have at least 1 year of work experience related to the field of your work

  • Be between the ages of 21 to 55

  • Have at least a high school diploma or a foreign equivalent

  • Have the required skills, training, certification to perform your job

  • Demonstrate language proficiency with at least a level 4 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for English or French

  • Have sufficient financial resources to support your settlement in Nova Scotia

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