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IELTS Requirement for Nova Scotia Nominee Program

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

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

Key NSNP streams 

Here are vital streams under Nova Scotia Nominee Program:

  • Entrepreneur
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur
  • Skilled Worker
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (Closed)
  • 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 Canadian institutions, employers, universities, etc.

Note: The NSOI (Nova Scotia Office of Immigration) has permanently closed the Category B and A of the Nova Scotia Demand- Express Entry stream of Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). Click here to apply for the alternate Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream.

What is IELTS Requirement for NSNP- Express Entry aligned streams?

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

The CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) is the benchmark for assessing the English proficiency test score, acquired by an applicant from IELTS (International English Language Testing System), CELPIP or any other language testing system. The CLB is the national standards used in Canada to define, measure, and identify immigrants' English-language proficiency 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), to score higher points, an applicant must try to score higher in the program, 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 the Nova Scotia Nominee Program to obtain Canada PR, you may contact qualified immigration experts at Visas Avenue Immigration Consultancy Service. The VA team has excellent expertise and specialization in Canada immigration process. It is associated with ICCRC member to offer trusted advice and assistance to the applicants.

You may call Visas Avenue immigration expert on Toll-Free Number- 78-18-000-777. Alternatively, you can fill the free assessment form to get a call back from the expert.

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