Nova Scotia is the latest Canadian maritime province to report a sharp increase in immigration during 2019.
Following Newfoundland & Labrador, federal government figures show Nova Scotia has welcomed 3,393 new permanent residents so far in 2019.
The figure compares to the 2,965 newcomers welcomed at the same point of 2018.
Immigration Minister Lena Diab described the increase as ‘truly incredible.”
“With our settlement partners, employers and communities, we are attracting and retaining new residents that help revitalize our communities and businesses,” she said.
Nova Scotia is well on course to surpass the record total of 5,970 new permanent residents it received in 2018.
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The province also boasts a retention rate of 71 per cent, the highest of any maritime province.
More than two thirds of Nova Scotia’s 2018 newcomers came through provincial programs or the joint federal-provincial Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
Record-breaking 2018 immigration numbers helped boost Nova Scotia’s population to an all time high of 965,382 people at the start of 2019, an increase of more than 10,000 people in 12 months.
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is constantly evolving to target the right new immigrants to help boost the local economy.
Two streams have been launched recently, the Express Entry Labour Market Priorities stream and the Occupations In Demand stream designed to attract specific groups of skilled workers.
It means the province now operates eight different streams through which candidates receive nominations for Nova Scotia immigration, with a target processing time of three months.
The eight streams are:
- Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
- Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
- Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities: Express Entry
- Skilled Worker
- Occupations In Demand
- 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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|College and other vocational instructors||4021||A|
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