Attracting a Labour Force

Firms can attract labour to the region through the use of a number of immigration programs or by simply highlighting the superior quality of life Cape Breton Island has to offer.


Canadian employers bring more than 90,000 foreign workers to Canada each year. Citizenship and Immigration Canada admits immigrants, foreign students, visitors and temporary workers who enhance Canada's social and economic growth.

Canadian visas and work permits can be accessed through Citizenship and Immigration Canada for those individuals and families who wish to work, study, or live in Canada. These programs include:

Citizenship and Immigration Canada offers several categories for business immigration to Canada. The Self-Employed Program is the only one which is currently accepting applications. People wishing to immigrate to Canada are required to have a positive impact on the Canadian economy by establishing and maintaining a Canadian business. However, there are a variety of categories or circumstances under which interested persons and families can attain Canadian work visas.

  • Canadian Experience Class  - For people who have recent Canadian work experience or have graduated and recently worked in Canada
  • Skilled Worker & Professionals - For people who want to settle and work in Canada (outside of Quebec)
  • Study Permit – For students who wish to study in Canada
  • Family Class – For people who want sponsor a family member to join them in Canada if they are here as a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen
  • Provincial Nominee Program   In addition to federal immigration programs and policies, Nova Scotia offers a Provincial Nominee Program (NSPN) for interested participants.  The Skilled Worker stream helps employers hire workers whose skills may be in limited supply within the province. Applicants with specific skills, education and experience are invited to apply for the Provincial Nominee Program.