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Business Immigration Officer (Planning & Develop Officer 1-2)



Competition # : 37875 

Department: Labour, Skills and Immigration

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/8/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration (LSI) works to provide fairness, safety, and prosperity for all Nova Scotians by helping them live, learn, and work to their highest potential.  We have a staff of more than 500 employees working in offices throughout Nova Scotia.  Together we are responsible for workplace safety, fire safety, pensions, immigration, apprenticeship, adult education, and many other facets of everyday life.

About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Manager of Entrepreneur Streams , the Business Immigration Officer is responsible for the selection and recommendation of expressions of interest for business immigration; recommending and monitoring applicants under two business immigration streams; monitoring and reporting on applicants and immigrants throughout the duration of the performance management agreement; and making recommendations for permanent residency under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. Business Immigration is an important component of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program and is intended to attract business owners and entrepreneurs to Nova Scotia who have the skills and capital to establish and actively manage a business venture that will contribute significant economic benefits to Nova Scotia. The Officer will be responsible for managing files independently under two immigration streams aimed at entrepreneurs abroad, as well those international graduate students who are living and working in Nova Scotia.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Plays an integral role in the business development in Nova Scotia by evaluating, selecting and recommending business plan proposals for the creation of new businesses for the province and its economy
  • Maintains the integrity of the business immigration by conducting interviews and/or facilitating meetings with applicants and/or representatives/consultant to ensure their information provided is true and will withstand scrutiny
  • Establishes and creates a network with other provincial jurisdictions delivering similar programming
  • Establishes relationships and partnerships and communicating program requirements to diverse stakeholders including nominee applicants, employers, and authorized representatives; delivering information seminars and program workshops to clients and stakeholders
  • Ensure timely, quality advice and consultation is provided to troubled or high risk businesses and makes necessary adjustments where needed to the performance agreements

Qualifications and Experience


Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce or equivalent, plus 1 year related experience. Related experience is defined as experience in planning, developing, implementing, managing and evaluating accountability agreements and arrangements with clients and stakeholders. You have knowledge of the principles of business, administration, management, and project management concepts, principles and practices associated with administrative decision making, and financial accounting and management. You must have the ability to read and understand financial statements, and have experience in reviewing business plans. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication, interpersonal and diplomatic skills with a high degree of cross cultural awareness and sensitivity.  The successful have the capacity to deal tactfully with high level, sensitive issues that may arise and the ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality. You must be proficient in various computer software applications used for office productivity.


The ability to travel in and outside of Nova Scotia may be required.


Bilingualism (English/French) is considered an asset.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion
  • Travel within Nova Scotia is required (with potential travel outside of Nova Scotia)

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career
  • Engaging workplace: our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in, we have forward-thinking policies and strategies
  • Countless career paths
  • Department specific flexible working schedules


Pay Grade:  PR 05 - PR 13  

Salary Range:  $1,782.32 - $3,001.65 Bi-Weekly


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to