March 22, 2019 – Record-breaking immigration numbers helped boost Nova Scotia’s population to an all time high of 965,382 people at the start of 2019.
The increase of more than 10,000 people in 12 months includes 5,970 new immigrants arriving in the course of 2018.
That number is set to rise in 2019 with the Nova Scotia Nominee Program’s federal government nomination allocation increased by 454 new spaces.
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The increase includes 254 new endorsements under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP).
This comes after the NSNP and AIP jointly approved 2,272 newcomers during 2018.
“We have made strengthening our population and economy through immigration a priority,” said Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab.
“The momentum we are seeing is critical to revitalizing our communities and helping Nova Scotia businesses prosper.
“We will continue working closely with our partners in immigration on priorities including rural immigration and retention, attracting international students and developing new and innovative programs that help businesses fill labour market needs.”
The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration surpassed both Provincial Nominee Program and Atlantic Immigration Pilot allocations in 2018 with 2,272 people approved by the province.
The NSNP targets prospective immigrants who have the skills and experience to boost the province’s economy and tackle demographic challenges.
Candidates who meet the criteria of one of six different streams can be nominated for Nova Scotia immigration, with a target processing time of three months.
The six streams are:
- Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry.
- Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry.
- Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities: Express Entry.
- Skilled Worker.
- International Graduate Entrepreneur.
Nova Scotia also operates ‘Study and Stay’, a program specifically aimed at helping international students from China, India and the Philippines stay and build careers in the region after they graduate.
Nova Scotia Jobs In Demand
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