Nova Scotia adds 3 food service occupations to Occupations in Demand stream

Nova Scotia

The Province of Nova Scotia has added three food service jobs to Occupations In-Demand Canada Immigration Stream under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). The occupations that have been added to this fast-track permanent residence pathway are:

  • NOC 6513 (Food and beverage servers)
  • NOC 6711 (Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations)
  • NOC 6731 (Light duty cleaners)


Restaurant industry of Canada was one of the industries hit worst by the impact of COVID-19. As Canada is fast recovering from the impact of COVID-19, the restaurant industry is facing severe labour shortages. It is with an aim to address this issue, Nova Scotia has decided to add these occupations to the Occupations in Demand stream.

So, employers will not have to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) certificate in order to hire foreign workers for these occupations. It is not mandatory either for the employees to work with the employer for six months before applying to Nova Scotia Nominee Program.

Jill Balser, Nova Scotia’s immigration minister, said in the media release about this addition, “The tourism, restaurant and hospitality sectors are critical to our economy. These changes will help these industries hire the workers they need to prepare for a busy tourism season.”

Nova Scotia Occupations In Demand

The Nova Scotia Occupations in Demand stream is for those immigration candidates who have work experience in specific occupations that fall under NOC skill levels C and D. These skill levels used to be called “low skilled” or “un-skilled”. But ever since the pandemic broke out, the preference is to call these as “essential” occupations.

To be eligible under the Nova Scotia Occupations in Demand stream, you need to have a full-time job offer in one of the following occupations:

  • NOC 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates)
  • NOC 6513 (Food and beverage servers)
  • NOC 6711 (Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations)
  • NOC 6731 (Light duty cleaners)
  • NOC 7511 (Transport truck drivers),
  • NOC 7521 (Heavy equipment operators (except crane)), or
  • NOC 7611 (Construction trades helpers and labourers)

You also need to have work experience of at least one year and your age must be between 21 to 55. The minimum educational qualification for this stream is a high school diploma besides appropriate training, skills and accreditation for the job. Your language ability must be equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4 in English or French. You must also prove that you have enough financial resources to settle in Canada.

Do you wish to know more about migrating to Canada through Provincial Nominee Program? Connect with CanApprove to know more.

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