News release

Nova Scotia Continues to See Record Population Increase

Nova Scotia’s population reached a new all-time high at the beginning of 2019 at 965,382 people.

The new total is an increase of more than 10,000 new residents since Jan. 1, 2018. The increase is largely due to last year’s record-breaking immigration numbers with 5,970 new permanent residents choosing to call Nova Scotia home.

“We have made strengthening our population and economy through immigration a priority,” said Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “The momentum we are seeing is critical to revitalizing our communities and helping Nova Scotia businesses prosper.”

The Federal Government has increased Nova Scotia’s immigration allocations for 2019 by a total of 454 new spaces, including 254 more endorsements under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

“We will continue working closely with our partners in immigration on priorities including rural immigration and retention, attracting international students and developing new and innovative programs that help businesses fill labour market needs,” said Ms. Diab.

The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration surpassed both Provincial Nominee Program and Atlantic Immigration Pilot allocations in 2018 with 2,272 people approved by the province.

More information on the Office of Immigration can be found at http://novascotiaimmigration.com .

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Nova Scotia’s population reached a new all-time high at the beginning of 2019 at 965,382 people.

The new total is an increase of over 10-thousand new residents from the same time last year.

The increase is largely due to last year’s record-breaking immigration numbers with 5,970 new permanent residents.

Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab says strengthening the population and economy through immigration is a priority and the momentum will help revitalize communities and Nova Scotia businesses.

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