Nova Scotia immigration has added heavy equipment operators and labourers as targeted jobs through its Occupations in Demand stream for intermediate-skilled positions in high demand in the province.
Candidates with experience in NOC 7521 for heavy equipment operators (except crane) and NOC 7611 for construction trades helpers and labourers can now qualify for permanent residence through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program stream. The changes apply as of May 14, 2021.
The new jobs join the existing occupations: nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) and transport truck drivers (NOC 7511).
Nova Scotia is currently requesting candidates do not apply if they have received a nomination within the last 12 months.
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Nova Scotia Occupations in Demand Requirements
- Full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in NOC 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates), NOC 7511 (Transport truck drivers), NOC 7521 (Heavy equipment operators except crane), or NOC 7611 (Construction trades helpers and labourers).
- One year of work experience related to the job.
- Be aged 21 to 55.
- High school diploma.
- Appropriate training, skills and/or accreditation for the job.
- Prove language ability equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4 even if your first language is English or French.
- Show financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.
Immigration to Fuel Nova Scotia’s Economic Recovery
Population growth fuelled primarily by immigration is expected to help Nova Scotia’s economy recover this year as the COVID-19 crisis subsides.
“Nova Scotia’s recovery should be helped by improved population growth, which in turn will benefit from higher federal immigration targets and the decision to make the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program permanent,” noted TD Economics in their annual economic forecast.
“Population growth has been central to the province’s improved economic performance in recent years and has even held up relatively well thus far.”
The bank’s chief economist Beata Caranci, deputy chief economist Derek Burleton, and economists Rishi Sondhi and Omar Abdelrahman predict the Nova Scotia economy will grow by 4.2 per cent this year and 2.4 per cent in 2022.
That is lower than the forecasted average economic growth of 4.9 per cent for this year and 3.8 per cent in 2022 for Canada.
A return to more normal levels of immigration, which would drive population growth, is considered to be essential for Nova Scotia’s economic recovery.
As the global pandemic and the border restrictions imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19 crippled economies throughout the world, they also slowed immigration to Nova Scotia.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s figures for last year show 53.8 per cent fewer foreign nationals became new permanent Canadian citizens in Nova Scotia last year, only 4,075, compared to 7,580 in 2019.