The province is strengthening the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. A new Regional Labour Market Demand stream will help attract immigrants with the right skills to meet Nova Scotia’s labour needs. “Immigration will be critical to Nova Scotia’s future growth and success, and that’s why government has placed such a high priority on it,” said Immigration Minister Lena Diab. “The new Regional Labour Market Demand stream will focus on attracting immigrants who are ready, willing and able to work where they are needed most.” Through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, the province can nominate potential immigrants. The federal government sets the number of immigrants the province can nominate and makes the final decision on whether they can become permanent Canadian residents. Under the new Regional Labour Market Demand stream, applicants will be assessed based on experience, education and language abilities, and ability to work in Nova Scotia’s most in-demand occupations. “I will continue to work with the federal government to ensure the nominee program meets Nova Scotia’s needs,” said Ms. Diab. “The federal government is an important partner in maximizing our potential to bring new immigrants to Nova Scotia through all possible immigration pathways.” The Regional Labour Market Demand stream will replace the Community Identified stream. The federal government directed all provinces and territories to close non-economic immigration categories, such as the Community Identified stream, which was primarily focused on community connections. Complete applications through the Community Identified stream will be accepted until March 6. Applications already submitted will continue to be processed. More information on the Nova Scotia Nominee Program is available at www.novascotiaimmigration.ca .