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IELTS Requirement for Nova Scotia Nominee Program

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is one of the main Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) of Canada and a key pathway for Canada PR aspirants to obtain permanent residency in Nova Scotia, Canada. Every year considerable number of people apply for Canada PR through provincial nomination from NSNP.

Here are the key streams or subcategories of Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP).

Key NSNP streams

Here are key streams under Nova Scotia Nominee Program:

  • Entrepreneur
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur
  • Skilled Worker
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

You need to choose and apply for the most relevant stream to apply for Nova Scotia nomination for Canadian PR.

Also Read- What is IELTS Score Requirement for Canada Immigration and PR?

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (Category B)

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (Category B) is the most popular streams of NSNP. Like most other Canada immigration programs, Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) – express entry stream also require proof for language proficiency, certified by International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or any other recognized language (English or French) testing agency.

The IELTS is the internationally recognized English language testing system. The IELTS test is accepted as proof of English proficiency by most of the Canadian institutions, employers, and universities, etc.

What is IELTS Requirement for NSNP?

The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (Category B) requires minimum CLB 7 Level of proficiency if English is the primary language of the applicant. The NSNP express entry stream is aligned with the federal express entry immigration system, which demands CLB 7 proficiency from the applicants. Hence, if you are applying for Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry stream, you need to have minimum CLB 7 level of proficiency in English.

The CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) is the benchmark for the assessment of English proficiency test score, acquired by an applicant from IELTS (International English Language Testing System), CELPIP or any other language testing system. CLB is the national standards used in Canada for defining, measuring and identifying the English-language proficiency of immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training – Test score equivalency chart


CLB Level Reading Writing Listening Speaking
10 8 7.5 8.5 7.5
9 7 7 8 7
8 6.5 6.5 7.5 6.5
7 6 6 6 6


If we compare CLB to the IELTS scores. The CLB 7 is equal to IELTS Band 6 in all four language abilities, i.e. Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening. Although, CLB 7 is the desired English proficiency level by Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), however, to score higher points, in the program, an applicant must try to score higher i.e. CLB 8 or above (see the CLB vs IELTS comparison above).

Need Assistance to apply in NSNP?

If you need advice and assistance to apply in Nova Scotia Nominee Program to obtain nomination for Canada PR, you may contact qualified immigration experts at Visas Avenue immigration Consultancy Service. The VA team has great expertise and specialization in Canada immigration process. It is associated with ICCRC member to offer trusted advice and assistance to the applicants.

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