On April 27, 2020, Nova Scotia held its first draw of 2020 under the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream, a provincial nominee program aligned with the Federal Express Entry (EE) program. Candidates who had French listed as their first official language in their EE profile were selected. Other criteria included: Sufficient settlement funds; Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 8 or higher in French in all language abilities; English as a second official language with a CLB score of 6 or higher in English in all language abilities; and, hold a bachelor’s degree or completion of a program of three or more years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute.

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream selects candidates in the federal Express Entry (EE) system who meet the minimum requirements under the EE program, and also meet Nova Scotia provincial labour market needs. Eligible candidates receive a Letter of Interest (LOI) from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) if they meet all the draw-specific criteria for the draw selection. Candidates who receive a LOI in their EE profile then have 30 days from the date their LOI was issued to submit a complete online application to the NSOI for review. There is no application fee for the Provincial Program; all fees due will be those in effect by IRCC for permanent residency applications. Nomination is at the sole discretion of the NSOI. If you receive a Nomination, you have 30 days to apply for Canadian permanent residency with IRCC.

Currently, there is no information regarding the number of letters that were issued or the minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score.