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Program Investigator



Competition # : 29992 

Department: Office of Immigration

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 4/21/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Office of Immigration and Population Growth has a big job. We are responsible for attracting, integrating and retaining immigrants to our province. Nova Scotia has been welcoming people from around the world for centuries. Immigrants have helped make Nova Scotia a vibrant, dynamic society in which everyone can build their dreams. Over 900,000 people call Nova Scotia home, where we have room to breathe and room to grow. A small but passionate team, we are continually evolving to meet the needs of the province.

About Our Opportunity


As the Program Investigator you will Report to the Director, Compliance & Investigations at the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and Population Growth (NSIPG). The Program Investigator is a critical role in the office to ensure the long-term success of immigration programs and service delivery.  His/her mandate is to provide leadership, direction, and guidance on matters of program compliance and fraud risk prevention as it relates to immigration programs delivered by NSOI, and to support the Director in all work of the Compliance and Investigations Unit.

Primary Accountabilities


The Program Investigator leads the implementation of higher program integrity standards and practices.  The Program Investigator supports the Director to execute on the priorities of the Unit and leads the creation and implementation of clear policies, processes, and standards. The Program Investigator also leads investigations into cases of suspected fraud or fraud risk across all immigration programs.   They will work closely with staff of all provincial immigration programs, and closely collaborates on matters of fraud risk.   They will provide expert advice to the Director and to NSIPG staff to prevent, detect and address issues of fraud or suspected fraud. They will also work closely and collaboratively with internal Program Managers and Program Officers, as well as colleagues in the Atlantic Region, to identify regional issues of immigration risk and integrity. The Program Investigators will also work with federal counterparts at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), as well as other provincial immigration departments.

Qualifications and Experience


To be successful in this role, you will hold a post-secondary education in a related discipline such as, but not limited to, public administration, business, international development, political science, or law. Proven ability to analyze information, initiate investigations, and provide advice to senior leaders are all required.


You Must Also Demonstrate:


  • Proven ability to lead investigations or intelligence probes that may include a range of partners, including other levels of government
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to handle and organize large workloads, and a proven ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • An aptitude to deal with complex issues, strong analytical skills, tact and diplomacy, capacity for decisive action, and the ability to influence
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • The ability to see the big picture



Experience conducting investigations into suspected cases of fraud, or strong working knowledge of immigration legislation, programs, policies and stakeholders is desirable.


Competencies for this level of work include Conceptual Thinking, Strategic Orientation, Outcome Focus, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, Intercultural & Diversity Proficiency.


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


  • May be required to work overtime on occasion
  • Travel throughout the province will be required

Additional Information


This is a permanent, full time position based in Halifax.


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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $3,062.13 - $3,836.49 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.


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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