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Nova Scotia jobs and where to find them

Submitted by on March 30, 2010 – 7:15 amOne Comment

nova-scotia-welcomeIf you’re look­ing for work, look at Nova Scotia.

According to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, the province is cur­rent­ly seek­ing to attract 3,600 new immi­grants a year.

That may seem like a drop in the buck­et com­pared to Canada’s largest cities — near­ly 450,000 new­com­ers immi­grat­ed to Toronto between 2001 and 2006 — but it still means plen­ty of job oppor­tu­ni­ties for Nova Scotia new­com­ers.

The province’s econ­o­my has his­tor­i­cal­ly been based on nat­ur­al resources, tourism and hos­pi­tal­i­ty, health care, and man­u­fac­tur­ing, but more recent­ly, the region is devel­op­ing into a mini-cen­ter for infor­ma­tion and com­put­er tech­nol­o­gy.

The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration says that peo­ple in the fol­low­ing fields are in espe­cial­ly high demand:

  • Oil and gas indus­try
  • Geology
  • Accounting and finance
  • Sales
  • Engineers and tech­ni­cians
  • Computer infor­ma­tion sys­tems
  • Health care (par­tic­u­lar­ly nurs­es and doc­tors)

Nova Scotia’s aero­space indus­try is also fac­ing a loom­ing short­age of work­ers (see “Atlantic Canada banks on future with aero­space” and “Aerospace con­tracts con­tin­ue to land). The Aerospace and Defence Human Resources Partnership has links to job oppor­tu­ni­ties and career train­ing pro­grams in the aero­space field.

You’ll find links to a wide range of Nova Scotia job-hunt­ing resources here.

Like many oth­er provinces, Nova Scotia has a Provincial Nominee Program to fast-track immi­gra­tion appli­ca­tions of qual­i­fied new­com­ers. Learn more about immi­gra­tion options at Nova Scotia: Come to Life or the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.

The cost of liv­ing in Nova Scotia has his­tor­i­cal­ly been low­er than in many oth­er Canadian provinces. At the end of 2009, for exam­ple, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation report­ed that the aver­age sale price for a Nova Scotia home was $203,888, well below the Canada-wide aver­age of $342,231 — and sig­nif­i­cant­ly low­er than aver­age home prices in Alberta ($355,944) or British Columbia ($494,092).

Want to read more about life in Nova Scotia? Check out the East Coast By Choice blog, includ­ing their recent post: How I fell in love with Halifax.

And read more Nova Scotia tes­ti­mo­ni­als at Nova Scotia: Come to Life.

Photo by sca­zon (flickr)

One Comment »

  • Tourism Jobs says:

    Tourism is def­i­nite­ly an indus­try that is con­stant­ly grow­ing. It is one of the stuff that feed many soci­eties while it offers trav­el­ers an oppor­tu­ni­ty to relax and expe­ri­ence some­thing new. The field of tourism is real­ly so vast the type and num­ber of tourism jobs is prac­ti­cal­ly incal­cu­la­ble