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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

Immigration will help Nova Scotia reach one million population target

Updated: Jan 13


Immigration will help Nova Scotia reach one million population target

The immigration growth is helping Canada’s Maritime province Nova Scotia to reach its goal of one million people. From January 2021 to November 2021, 6,170 new permanent residents settled in Nova Scotia.


Most of them arrived from India, China, the Philippines, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. The province is preparing to launch a new $2.5-million marketing initiative to support provincial immigration and migration targets. It also wants to attract newcomers from across Canada and double the amount of population by 2060.


Immigration has played a major role in increasing the population in the province. The Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration also continues to work with employers to find innovative ways to address current and emerging needs in occupations with shortages while streamlining the immigration process.


The Province aims to attract 25,000 newcomers per year by combining migration from other parts of Canada with strategic immigration efforts in order to grow Nova Scotia’s population to two million by 2060. Nova Scotia’s current immigrant retention rate is 71% which is the highest in Atlantic Canada.


5,696 people moved to Nova Scotia from other countries and other parts of Canada, and the province’s population grew by 2,877 which occurred from January 1 to April 1, 2021.


According to Jill Balser, Minister of Labour, Skills and Immigration,

"Nova Scotia is steadily growing, and we want to encourage those living across the country and around the world to build a life in our beautiful province."

The Minister further stated,

With a growing population comes increased opportunities. Newcomers fuel our economy, fill labour gaps and enrich our communities. We look forward to welcoming new people to Nova Scotia with open arms and experiencing the benefits of newcomers in all parts of the province.



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