The province of Nova Scotia continues to set records for attracting immigrants this year. Till now, the province has welcomed 3,393 new residents which are 428 more than the last year. This time last year the province had 2,965 new permanent residents. Nova Scotia received these opening numbers from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration works across government with employers to identify the labour shortages and create programs to help fill those demands. The province has a strong retention rate of 71%.
A total of 5,970 new permanent residents arrived in 2018-this is the highest ever intake out of which more than 67 percent of them was approved through provincial programs and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
“The momentum is truly incredible and it’s positive for all of us,” said 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.”
Around 16,000 new immigrants came to the Nova Scotia province in 3 years. The credit goes to 275% growth in approved applications.
The province has invested $6.4 million in settlement services to attract migrants for provincial nomination. The positive response from 84% of Nova Scotians who are in favour of inviting newcomers’ permanently is also a huge contributor towards the growing population.