Nova Scotia announced a new pilot program for construction workers
The Government of Nova Scotia announced a new pilot program for construction workers to boost growth in the skilled trades and modernize the apprenticeship and trades qualification system.
Premier Tim Houston has announced measures to add 5,000 new apprentices in the next three years, increase the number of journeypersons and trades qualifiers by 1,000 annually, and raise the apprentice retention rate from 43% to 60% within five years.
The Critical Construction Worker Pilot, part of Nova Scotia’s Provincial Nominee Program, will include 21 in-demand occupations in the construction sector, focusing on residential building trades.
In-demand occupations in the new pilot program for construction workers
in the Construction Critical Worker Pilot applicants must have a full-time permanent job offer in one of the following in-demand occupations from a Nova Scotia employer:
- 70010 – Construction managers
- 70011 – Home building and renovation managers
- 72011 – Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades, and telecommunications occupations
- 72014 – Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers, and services
- 72020 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
- 72106 – Welders and related machine operators
- 72200 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)
- 72201 – Industrial electricians
- 72310 – Carpenters
- 72320 – Bricklayers
- 72401 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
- 72402 – Heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics
- 72500 – Crane operators
- 73100 – Concrete finishers
- 73102 – Plasterers, drywall installers finishers, and lathers
- 73110 – Roofers and shinglers
- 73200 – Residential and commercial installers and servicers
- 73400 – Heavy equipment operators
- 75101 – Material handlers
- 75110 – Construction trades helpers and laborers
- 75119 – Other trades helpers and laborers
What are the eligibility Requirements for the Critical Worker Pilot?
To be eligible for the Nova Scotia Critical Worker Pilot an applicant must:
- have one year of relevant work experience;
- have a high school diploma OR proof of completion of a construction-specific industry training program;
- be between the ages of 21 and 55
- Even if your native language is English or French, you must demonstrate language proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 5 (NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, 3) or CLB Level 4 (NOC TEER 4 and 5)
- show sufficient financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia
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