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Nova Scotia continues to attract immigrants in strong numbers

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This is Joy Stephen from IRCC news coming to you from the Polinsys Studios in Cambridge, Ontario. Today is January 01, 2022

Nova Scotia continues to attract immigrants in strong numbers The province of Nova Scotia continues to surpass previous immigration records and the population of the province has reached an all time high, exceeding 1 million habitants. Over the months, the province has approved 4,100 applicants with a focus on attracting skilled newcomers to essential services used by Nova Scotians. Some of the professions are from healthcare, transportation, skilled trades, education and hospitality. The following is from the press release by the Province of Nova scotia: In addition to strong immigration numbers, Nova Scotia experienced its sixth year of increased inter-provincial migration growth. Since 2015, inter-provincial migration has been increasing, leading to nearly 10,000 net new people coming to Nova Scotia from other provinces and territories in 2020-21.

“Nova Scotia is rapidly growing, and with planned growth comes many opportunities,” said Jill Balser, Minister of Labour, Skills and Immigration. “Newcomers fuel our economy, create new businesses and jobs, fill labour gaps and add to the diversity and culture in our communities. As we look ahead to 2022, we will continue to attract, welcome and retain global talent to enrich our province and create further economic growth.”

As of October 31, 6,169 permanent residents arrived in Nova Scotia this year, up from 3,001 over the same period last year. In 2019, Nova Scotia saw its highest number of immigrants landing in one year 7,580, and despite the pandemic, 2021 is on track to exceed that number.

Nova Scotia’s retention rate remains strong at 71 per cent – the highest in Atlantic Canada. Nova Scotia’s settlement partners play a lead role in helping newcomers adapt to life in the province and preparing employers through intercultural competency training. These efforts significantly impact retention. Throughout the pandemic, these dedicated organizations have adapted to ensure accessibility of their services and programming to support newcomers.

The Department continues to be innovative and responsive to current and emerging labour needs and is focused on and committed to working with businesses, across government, and other stakeholders to ensure the Province has immigration programs that benefit employers, Nova Scotians and communities.

Nova Scotia is aiming to double its population to two million by 2060 with a goal to attract 25,000 newcomers per year through a combination of migration from other parts of Canada and strategic immigration efforts.

OK, here are some numbers from the Province: AIPP applications: 1657 Nova Scotia PNP: 2443 Since 2015, Nova Scotia has approved 1534 Registered Nurses and Care assistants In 2021 the province approved 68 early childhood educators 1,735 international graduates have been approved to stay and live in Nova Scotia after their studies in 2021 from January 1 to April 1, 2021, 5,696 people moved to Nova Scotia from other countries and other parts of Canada, and the province’s population grew by 2,877 – the largest increase in a first quarter since 1971 In November the Department added food counter attendants, kitchen helpers, related support occupations, food and beverage servers and light duty cleaners to the Occupations in Demand immigration stream to help business owners in the service industry address labour shortages

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