Nova Scotia Journal

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Nova Scotia is providing immigration opportunities for foodservice workers

food service workers

Key Takeaways:

  • Foodservice workers can now apply for the Occupations in Demand PNP in Nova Scotia.
  • Nova Scotia’s population had reached an all-time high of 992,055 as of July 1, which the province attributes to increased immigration.

Through its Occupations in Demand stream, Nova Scotia is now accepting immigration applications from food service workers. The Corona virus pandemic had a substantial shock on the restaurant industry. As a result, Canada has been experiencing job shortages in the foodservice industry. The province of Nova Scotia is no exception.

Nova Scotia expanded its Occupations in Demand immigration stream to include three new eligible occupations to address the issue. They are listed in alphabetical order by National Occupational Classification (NOC) code:

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

Workers will hire these workers without first conducting a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). According to the media release, the team member will not be required to work for the employer for six months before begging to Nova Scotia’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

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“We’re delighted to welcome newcomers who can help employers meet their job needs while also growing Nova Scotia’s population,” said Jill Balser, Nova Scotia’s immigration minister, in a statement. “Our economy relies heavily on the tourism, restaurant, and hospitality industries.” These changes will assist these industries in hiring the workers they require to prepare for a busy tourist season.”

The Occupations in Demand stream in Nova Scotia focuses on specific occupations under NOC skill levels C and D. These skill levels were previously referred to as “low-skilled” or “unskilled” occupations. Still, since the pandemic, they have been referred to as “essential” occupations.

Eligibility for the Demand Stream Occupations

To apply for a Nova Scotia provincial nomination through the Occupations in Demand stream, must 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))

Source: Cicnews

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