Posted on November 15, 2012
Nova Scotia will be able to nominate 700 applicants and their families for immigration to Canada in 2012 after the cap for its Provincial Nominee Program was increased by 200
Nova Scotia’s provincial government announced yesterday that the federal government has increased the province’s immigrant nominee cap by 200, to 700 nominations in 2012.
“It will help us address existing and expected labour shortages,” said Marilyn More, the provincial minister responsible for Nova Scotia’s Office of Immigration. She said that the province would push for further increases of its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) quota.
PNPs allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who they deem as likely to contribute to their economy for immigration to Canada. The first PNP was created for Manitoba in 1998, and quickly expanded to all other provinces.
The federal government, which has jurisdiction over immigration in Canada, caps the number of individuals each province can nominate for Canadian permanent residence each year, but that number has steadily increased, amid repeated appeals by provincial premiers for expansions of their PNPs, which they say allow them to select the immigrants that best meet their provinces’ unique economic needs.
While the federal government has indicated it would continue to expand the PNPs, it has also expressed concern about the standards some provincial government use when nominating individuals. In July, it instituted minimum language requirements for PNP applicants in low/semi-skilled occupations.
Under the new language rules, applicants in occupations that are classified as NOC Skill Level C or D must prove English or French proficiency of at least Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)/Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 4, in all categories: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
The required International English Language Test System (IELTS) test scores to meet CLB 4 are 4.0, 4.5, 3.5, and 4.0 for listening, speaking, reading and writing, respectively.
November 14, 2012 2:14 PM
Nova Scotia is now able to attract more skilled workers to help meet the growing needs of businesses and industries.
The federal government is giving an additional 200 immigration nominees, on top of the existing cap of 500, to the province. This gives Nova Scotia 700 nomination in 2012, the largest amount yet.
“This means there is the potential for 200 more families to choose Nova Scotia as a place to call home, to lay roots and be part of the economy,” said Premier Darrell Dexter.
The province has successfully attracted new opportunities from companies such as IBM Canada and PROJEX Technologies Ltd. to Nova Scotia, creating well-paying, long-term jobs.
The province is also preparing people with the right skills so Nova Scotians will benefit from the good jobs on the horizon.
“Even with our efforts and investments to get people ready for the workforce, businesses are telling me that they are concerned about potential labour shortages – that there won’t be enough skilled workers,” said Premier Darrell Dexter.
The province has a comprehensive immigration strategy to help attract new skilled labour into the workforce.
Under the strategy, the Nova Scotia Nominee Program is the best option to attract international professional and skilled workers to help meet the changing needs of the province’s economy in areas such as shipbuilding, information technology and health care.
“The nominee program is providing my family an opportunity to come to Canada and improve our lives,” said Shernette Smith, one of the additional 200 nominees who hopes to immigrate from Jamaica to Halifax. “It would be a dream come true for us. I see a better and promising future for me, my husband and my two-year-old daughter.”
The immigration strategy is part of jobsHere, the province’s plan to grow the economy, and helps ensure there is enough skilled labour for businesses and industries.
“Our immigration strategy focuses on the future and it’s working. We are attracting and keeping more immigrants,” said Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Office of Immigration. “The province is on its way to almost doubling the retention rate for families coming to Nova Scotia. We are engaging more employers, and successfully marketing the province internationally.”
Ms. More says the province has a strong business case that supports the need to increase immigrant levels.
“It will help us address existing and expected labour shortages,” said Ms. More. “We will continue to lobby the federal government for this increase so that we can attract more professional and skilled workers from around the world to help grow successful communities.”
For more information on the Nova Scotia immigration strategy, visit www.novascotia.ca/jobshere .
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Nova Scotia is now able to attract more skilled workers to
help meet the growing needs of businesses and industries.
The federal government is giving an additional 200
immigration nominees to Nova Scotia – the highest number ever.
Premier Darrell Dexter said that this means 200 more
families are able to choose Nova Scotia as a place to call home,
to lay roots and be part of the economy.
The province has a comprehensive immigration strategy to
help bring new skilled labour into our workforce.
Media contact: Deborah Bayer
Office of Immigration
Cell: 902 225-4982