CFIB says Occupations in Demand immigration pilot a positive step in N.S.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) says Nova Scotia is taking positive steps on labour shortages for small- and medium-size businesses.

Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab announced the creation of the Occupations in Demand immigration pilot yesterday, as well as changes to existing entrepreneur streams.

The three-year pilot project targets specific labour shortages, starting with continuing care assistants and truck drivers.

The Entrepreneur and International Graduate Entrepreneur streams are being updated so that existing business owners are now eligible and operating expenses can now be included towards the required minimum investment for the entrepreneur stream.

CFIB Atlantic vice-president Jordi Morgan says the new program shows the government's awareness for lower-skilled workers to be given more opportunities to live and work in Nova Scotia.