Nova Scotia Health acknowledges that we are on unceded traditional Mi’kmaw territory. We are grateful for the Peace and Friendship treaties.

Nova Scotia Health is proud to support the hiring of foreign nationals and newcomers to Canada and welcomes applications from internationally trained health professionals.

Nova Scotia Health is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity, and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve.

To learn more, please visit the links below for general information regarding the recruitment process and immigration:  


We would like to thank you for your interest in Nova Scotia Heath.

All applications are accepted online via our NSH Careers website.  To apply choose the position that interests you and create an online profile by uploading your resume. 

Job postings will appear as soon as they become available, therefore this is a current list of all available openings.


Internationally trained Nurse practitioners (NP), Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN).

You will be eligible to practice as an LPN, RN, or NP once you have applied and met all registration and licensure requirements with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing. 

Please visit the link below for licensure steps:



  • Applicants are also welcome to apply for positions besides nursing positions while they await nursing licensure. 


Nova Scotia College of Nursing

National Nursing Assessment Service

Survey for International Health Care Workers


We would like to invite you to complete the intake survey for International Health Care Workers.

Nova Scotia International Community of Healthcare Workers Engagement Survey (


Are you a Ukrainian healthcare worker looking to practice in Nova Scotia? There may be a great career already waiting for you!  Nova Scotia Health is recruiting newly arrived Ukrainian nationals with healthcare backgrounds for a wide variety of roles.   

Support for Ukraine | Nova Scotia Health Authority (

Nova Scotia Heath’s locations


Learn about Immigrating to Canada/ Nova Scotia
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website is the primary source of information followed by Nova Scotia Immigration.  

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) (LMIA Exempt)

The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) is an employer-driven program to hire qualified candidates for jobs that haven’t been able to be filled locally.

NSH is an AIP Designated Employer and uses this tool for specific positions where a labor gap is justified.


Positions Endorsed under the AIP must be:


  • Long Assignment, Full-Time under TEER 0, 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Permanent, Full-Time, or 0.8 under NOC C (30 hours per week)


In addition, the employer must also determine that the employee/candidate meets the AIP program requirements before applying to Endorse a position/candidate.


Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
Through the NSNP, prospective newcomers who have the skills and experience targeted by Nova Scotia may be nominated to immigrate. Review the different NSNP streams to determine if you qualify.

Positions under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) must be:

Permanent, Full-Time, or 0.8 (30 hours per week) - (for all categories).

National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021

NOC is a system to classify jobs (occupations) according to skill level. On November 16, 2022, IRCC will be adopting the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Work Permits
Foreign individuals seeking work temporarily in Canada require a Work Permit. A Work Permit is a document issued by Canadian immigration officials which allows a foreign individual to work in Canada, generally at a specific job for a limited time - usually one to two years. A work permit is not a contract. You or the employer can end a job at any time.

There are 2 types of work permits: Employer-Specific/closed work permits and open work permits.

  • Open work permits usually cannot be extended
  • Closed/employer-specific work permits require either:
    1. An approved Labour Market Impact Assessment

(LMIA) by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

     2. An LMIA exemption:

  • The employer is extending a job offer; OR
  • The employer is supporting the employee towards permanent residence in Canada based on their employment.

Do you need a work permit?

Extend a work permit

Interim work authorization for some current and former post-graduation work permit holders

Temporary public policy to facilitate the issuance of an open work permit to certain former or current post-graduation work permit holders (July 28, 2022)


Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
A job offer from a Canadian employer is required to apply for a Work Permit. The job offer must be approved by the Government of Canada and is called a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The LMIA demonstrates that a "significant" effort has been made to hire a Canadian for the position. 

Labour Market Impact Assessment

Free Trade Agreements
Under CUSMA (and other Free Trade Agreements), citizens in certain identified professional occupations may be permitted to enter and work in Canada. Under these agreements, Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) are not required.

Temporary Foreign Workers & Free Trade Agreements

International Students

Effective November 15th - 20 Hour Per Work Week Cap Lifted for International Students. Limit on off-campus work hours has been lifted temporarily.



Applying for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

The social insurance number is a unique 9-digit number that everyone needs in order to work in Canada.

Foreign nationals can apply for a SIN as soon as they have a valid study or work permit.


Foreign Credentials Assessments
The government of Canada office provides assessments for professional foreign credentials.

Foreign Credentials Referral Office

Learn more about foreign credential recognition in Canada -

WES – World Education Services


International Mobility Program (IMP) - Temporary foreign workers

In Canada, the rights of all workers—including temporary foreign workers— are protected by law. If you are a temporary foreign worker, you have the same rights and workplace protections as Canadians and permanent residents. Please visit the links provided to know more.

Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Temporary Foreign Workers): SOR/2022-142

Get to know your rights while working in Canada

Temporary foreign workers: Your rights are protected



Peace and Friendship treaties


Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

ISANS is the leading immigrant settlement service agency in Atlantic Canada, serving 10,000+ clients annually in 104 communities across Nova Scotia, through many kinds of services—language, settlement, community integration, and employment—both in person and online.

YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs

Home | YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth Centre for Immigrant Programs (

Nova Scotia Start offers information and support for newcomers.

Learn more about Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia, Canada | Nova Scotia Health Authority (

Nova Scotia – Move Here




If you would like more information, please contact the Immigration Team at