Nova Scotia Introduces Critical Construction Worker Pilot

Posted by in CIC News, on October 23, 2023

Nova Scotia, renowned for its immigrant-friendly policies, has launched an enticing opportunity for skilled professionals in the construction industry. The all-new Critical Construction Worker Pilot promises a direct path to Permanent Residency (PR) for individuals specializing in the in-demand 21 construction occupations facing labor shortages. This groundbreaking program not only addresses labor gaps but also offers a promising future for those seeking to build their careers in Atlantic Canada.

List of occupations eligible for Nova Scotia Critical Worker

70010 – Construction managers
70011 – Home building and renovation managers
72011 – Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
72014 – Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
72020 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
72106 – Welders and related machine operators
72200 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)
72201 – Industrial electricians
72310 – Carpenters
72320 – Bricklayers
72401 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
72402 – Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
72500 – Crane operators
73100 – Concrete finishers
73102 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
73110 – Roofers and shinglers
73200 – Residential and commercial installers and servicers
73400 – Heavy equipment operators
75101 – Material handlers
75110 – Construction trades helpers and labourers
75119 – Other trades helpers and labourers

Eligibility Criteria for the Critical Construction Worker Pilot

To qualify for this program, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  1. A permanent, full-time job offer from a Nova Scotian employer in one of the listed 21 construction occupations.
  2. Age between 21 and 55.
  3. A minimum of one year of relevant work experience.
  4. A high school diploma or an equivalent certification OR proof of completion of a construction-specific industry training program.
  5. Meeting the financial requirements to settle in Nova Scotia.
  6. Language proficiency in English or French, adhering to specific CLB level standards depending on the occupation.

Application Process for the Critical Construction Worker Pilot

Applying for the Critical Construction Worker Pilot is a streamlined process that can be initiated by creating a profile through the Nova Scotia online service, accessible 24/7. As this opportunity aligns with Nova Scotia’s commitment to easing the immigration journey, potential applicants are advised to thoroughly review the comprehensive Application Guide before commencing the application process.

This new PR pathway serves as a testament to Nova Scotia’s dedication to fostering a skilled workforce and promoting a thriving, inclusive community. With the Critical Construction Worker Pilot, the province opens its doors to ambitious individuals seeking a fulfilling career and a place to call home in picturesque Atlantic Canada. For more detailed information and application guidelines, visit the official Nova Scotia immigration portal today.

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