Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax, is a city of about 400,000 residents. It is home to world class universities such as Dalhousie University, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and Saint Mary’s University. Despite its modest size, Halifax is internationally renowned for its active music, art, and theatre scenes. A large number of Canada’s most famous actors and painters call Halifax home.
It is no surprise that the 43 eligible occupations for the RLMD stream fall largely within the scope of the province’s emerging sectors. In fact, Nova Scotia’s economy is expanding so quickly that the province has projected that it needs 75,000 new workers between the years 2011 and 2016. A full two-thirds of these new jobs will originate from the service sector.
Eligibility Requirements for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
Below are the detailed eligibility requirements for the various streams of the NSNP.

Regional Labour Market Demand Stream
This stream targets individuals whose skills and experience meet Nova Scotia labour market needs. Applicants are not required to have a job offer at the time of submitting their application. However, they must intend to pursue employment in an occupation that has been designated as ‘in demand’ by the province. The following occupations are currently designated as in-demand and thus eligible for this program:
• Managers in Health Care
• Retail and wholesale trade managers
• Restaurant and Food Service Managers
• Financial Auditors and Accountants
• Other Financial Officers
• Civil Engineers
• Mechanical Engineers
• Electrical and Electronics Engineers
• Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)
• Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
• Database Analysts and Data Administrators
• Software Engineers and Designers
• Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
• Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
• Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
• Information systems testing technicians
• Specialist Physicians
• General Practitioners and Family Physicians
• Dentists
• Pharmacists
• Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
• Physiotherapists
• Occupational Therapists
• Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
• Medical Laboratory Technologists
• Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists
• Medical Radiation Technologists
• Medical Sonographers
• Licensed Practical Nurses
• Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
• Psychologists
• Early Childhood Educators and Assistants
• Retail Trade Supervisors
• Chefs
• Cooks
• Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
• Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors
• Industrial Electricians
• Welders and related machine operator
• Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
• Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
• Crane Operators
• Supervisors, Other Mechanical and Metal Products Manufacturing

In addition, eligible applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Be between the ages of 21 and 55
• Demonstrate language proficiency of at least level 5 according to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) scale or the Niveaux de competence linquistique canadiens (NCLC) scale
• Have an intended occupation in Nova Scotia that is considered skilled (NOC levels 0, A or B), and is in demand in their intended community of residence
• Be legally residing in current country of residence
• Have completed a high school level of education and received at least a degree, diploma or certificate from a recognized post-secondary institution
• Have at least two years of continuous, full-time work experience in last five years related to intended occupation in Nova Scotia
• Demonstrate the ability to become economically established in Nova Scotia
• Demonstrate intent to live in Nova Scotia permanently
• Complete an Employment and Settlement Plan outlining their potential contributions to Nova Scotia
• Attend an interview in Nova Scotia, if required

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Regional Labour Market Demand Stream

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