International applicants

Hearing and Speech Nova Scotia (HSNS) is an equal opportunity employer. To work for us, you must be:

  • Legally entitled to work in Canada (i.e. you are a citizen, permanent resident or hold a valid work permit)
  • Licensed with the Nova Scotia College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists


Oral & written requirements for candidates with English as a second language

Due to the nature of our profession and client base, all applications require a high level of oral and written English to ensure appropriate administration of clinical tests and treatment procedures, effective communication of sensitive materials to clients, families, caregivers and other members of the health care team.

Candidates applying for a position within HSNS must demonstrate their abilities to communicate effectively. All candidates for whom English is not their native language will need to submit an English Proficiency Score.

English Proficiency Scores Test Name Minimum Acceptable Score
Internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 100
Written TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 600
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) 85
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 8

The above tests assess reading and writing abilities. In addition to an English Proficiency Score, applicants will also be asked to participate in a telephone screening where an Oral Proficiency Rating Scale score of 4 or above must be achieved.