Nova Scotia: more Immigration option for foreign healthcare worker


Canada Nova Scotia Nomination Program (NSNP) has various streams, using which immigrants can immigrate to Canada. One such stream is International Graduates in Demand (IGD), which is now expanding to invite more international healthcare workers. Also, the expansion of IGD is necessary to incorporate more immigration option for foreign healthcare workers in the province. 

Moreover, this expansion will be more beneficial to foreign graduates who want to become paramedics or pharmacy technicians. 

Nova Scotia Expands Immigration Option for Foreign Healthcare Worker

By expanding immigration option for foreign healthcare worker, Nova Scotia will invite workers via International Graduates in Demand stream. This move of expanding the IGD stream will especially help those international students who dream of establishing a stable career in healthcare occupations. 

The healthcare industry of Nova Scotia is already facing a chronic shortage of professionals. Hence, by having the capacity to invite more workers, it will definitely do good to the province’s economy.

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International Graduates in Demand stream of NSNP

International Graduates in Demand is just another stream of Nova Scotia’s PNP. Each province and territory in Canada has their own PNPs, excluding Quebec and Nunavut. 

Provinces and territories use PNPs to nominate workers for Canada PR based on their labor market needs. 

After this expansion, the eligible NOC job categories under International Graduates in Demand stream are: 

  • NOC 32102: Paramedical occupations
  • NOC 32124: Pharmacy technicians
  • NOC 33102: nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
  • NOC 42202: early childhood educators and assistants

The Health and Wellness Minister of Nova Scotia believes that these occupations are an integral part of the province’s healthcare sector. 

Further, those international students who have graduated from a public/private post-secondary institution of Nova Scotia will be able to apply for a work permit and even PR before they could gain work experience. 

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Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati’s specialty lies in Canadian immigration matters along with crafting helpful, user-oriented content.

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