More immigrants choosing Nova Scotia

Recently released figures show that Nova Scotia is continuing to break records with the number of immigrants choosing to live there.

According to preliminary numbers from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, so far in 2019, the number of new permanent residents is higher than for the same period last year. Nova Scotia has welcomed 3,393 new residents so far this year, whereas at the same time last year the province had 2,965 new permanent residents.

“The momentum is truly incredible and it’s positive for all of us,” said the province’s Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “Our work to strengthen our population and economy through immigration is making a difference.

“With our settlement partners, employers and communities, we are attracting and retaining new residents that help revitalize our communities and businesses.”

A total of 5,970 new permanent residents arrived in 2018 – the highest ever. More than 67 per cent of them were approved through the province’s provincial nominee programs and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration works across government and with employers to identify labour gaps and develop programs to help fill those demands. Nova Scotia’s retention rate remains strong at 71 per cent – the highest in the Atlantic Canada region.

Article published 12th August 2019