Provincial Nominee Language Requirements | Provincial Nominee Program

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The Provincial Nominee Program in Nova Scotia is offering a revolutionary new program called the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream. With this revolutionary and unique program you are not required to have:

  • Prior work experience in the province; nor
  • A Job offer from an employer in Canada

This means that all you have to do is meet the basic requirements of the program and you qualify without any further experience in province or job offer. To qualify the first thing you need to do is ensure that your intended occupation falls on the list of currently in demand occupations in Nova Scotia.

Apart from this, other factors this Provincial Nominee Program will assess are:

  • Age;
  • Education level;
  • Finances;
  • Work Experience;
  • Language Proficiency.

Language Proficiency

Part of applying through this Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee program involves submitting language proficiency, if your first language is not English or French, you will need to submit written proof of your ability to speak in either of these languages.

You can provide this proof in the form of:

  • Educational transcripts or other documentation indicating English or French as the principal language
  • Employment history and reference indicating that English or French is your primary language of communication
  • You may also be required to complete a language test should it be requested of you. You can also submit one if you cannot provide one of the documents above.
  • You will need to obtain these results through a designated third party provider such as:


  • CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (General test only)
  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System (General Training test only)


  • TEF: Test d’évaluation de français (both modules must be submitted in order to demonstrate results for all four language abilities)

In order to be successful in meeting the language requirements for this Provincial Nomination, you will need to demonstrate that you have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of five (5). A CLB 5 is different for each third party provider as shown below.

CLB Level






IELTS Test Results for Each Ability





CELPIP Test Results for Each Ability





TEF Test Results for Each Ability





As per the above, you will notice how a CLB 5 reflects different language scores per the respective providers. Make sure that you have this minimum score in order to be successful.