In a draw held on the 20th of March, the province of Nova Scotia issued invitations to apply for provincial nomination for Permanent Residence in Canada through an Express Entry linked immigration Stream – Labor Market Priorities Stream.
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program searches Canada’s Express Entry pool for applicants who meet all the labor market needs of Nova Scotia through the Labor Market Priorities Stream. In past draws, the focus has at some point been on accountants or financial auditors and early childhood educators and assistants.
In this draw, the focus has been on Express Entry candidates who stated that their first official language is French.
Eligibility Requirements used
- Invited applicants were expected to show their language proficiency by having a Canadian Language Benchmark of 7 and above in all the French language abilities, including reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities.
- Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 in all English Language abilities.
- Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree in a program of at least three years in an academic institution, including universities and trade or technical schools.
- An Express Entry profile entered on or after 25th September 2018.
Applicants have been given 30 days to submit a completed application for provincial nomination from the day they received a letter of Interest.
Francophone Immigration Action Plan
The 20th March draw was held in recognition of the 32nd International La Francophonie Day, and the launching of Nova Scotia’s Francophone Immigration Action Plan. This new immigration plan is designed to foster the immigration of French Speaking Immigrants to the province.
Currently, a staggeringly low 4% of Nova Scotia’s entire population speaks French as their mother tongue.
In the action plan, Nova Scotia’s approach towards attracting French Speaking Immigrants to the province is outlined. It also states the proposal made by the province to support their retention and incorporation to the province through programming and access to services.
Nova Scotia’s Minister for Immigration, Francophonie and Acadian Affairs, Lena Diab said that the Province’s Francophone and Acadian communities are vital parts of Nova Scotia’s heritage and culture.
He added that in the spirit of International Day of La Francophonie, the province celebrates the Francophone culture; including its language, and respects all the significant contributions made by the Francophones to the province and Canada at large.
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