entry program: The Office of Immigration says it anticipates sending as many as 180 letters of interest to prospective applicants for its nominee program next week, according to Vancouver Courier. Exact numbers will depend on who is available in the pool on the day of the draw. Lena Diab, the minister responsible for the province's Office of Immigration, said Thursday its new program allows applicants to apply directly to Nova Scotia through the federal express entry program.article continues below Trending Stories Seth Rogen apologizes for use of blackface on Vancouver set Vancouver records worst week for overdose deaths this year No hormones, no plastic straws and now no meat A&W goes beyond' burgers Hell hotel finds new life as haven She says the program is innovative because as of next Tuesday her officials can scan the pool of potential immigrants in the federal program, and pick and choose those it wants to nominate based on their qualifications. From there, letter recipients who are interested in working and living in Nova Scotia would respond to the letter of interest and be processed through the stream, said department spokeswoman Lynette Mac Leod. Diab said during a news conference at a daycare that the expectation is that workers recruited under the program will help improve access to daycare services around the province. The province currently is permitted by Ottawa to nominate about 1,350 people a year through the provincial nominee program but has only used about half of its spaces so far this year. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.