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Nova Scotia launches program to attract Daycare Workers

04 Aug 2018

Nova Scotia launches program to  attract Daycare Workers


Nova Scotia is set to introduce a quick and innovative federal immigration program for recruiting qualified Childcare Workers.

Lena Diab, Minister, Office of Immigration, said that the new program will permit applicants to submit an application directly to Nova Scotia using the Federal Express Entry Program.

The officials can scan the pool of possible immigrants existing in the federal program, and select the desired applicants based on their qualifications for nomination.

There is a plan to send about 180 letters of interest to potential applicants for the nominee program. The Exact numbers will depend upon availability of candidates in the pool at the time of the draw. The receivers of the letter who intend to work and live in Nova Scotia will respond and enter the process through the stream.

Additional facts

Presently the province can nominate 1,350 persons annually by using its Provincial Nominee Program. It has only attracted about half of the posts so far in 2018.

There is an expectation that the workers who are recruited in this program will help in improving the access to Essential Daycare Services in the province.

The Education Department states that, in the next three years, there is a likely requirement of, around 700 Early Childhood Educators, in Nova Scotia. This will help to meet the demand, in the regulated child care, as well as in pre-primary sectors.

Presently 1,700 trained Early Childhood Educators work in the sector, and also there are 40 vacancies in the regulated sector today.

Some worries

In Canada, a few graduates of Early Childhood Education Programs in private colleges faced difficulties to receive work permits. This has added to the worries regarding labor shortages.

The new provincial program is likely to help in opening up a new way for many Immigrant Daycare Workers. Additionally there is a huge demand for these workers.

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