News release

Immigration to Nova Scotia Continues to Rise

Nova Scotia continues to break records with the number of immigrants choosing to live here.

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. This time last year the province had 2,965 new permanent residents. Nova Scotia received these preliminary numbers from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

“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.”

A total of 5,970 new permanent residents arrived in 2018 – the highest ever. More than 67 per cent of them were approved through provincial 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 region.

A map to help newcomers and their networks find the settlement services that are being offered across the province is available at http://data.novascotia.ca

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

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Nova Scotia continues to break records with the number of immigrants choosing to live here.

So far in 2019, Nova Scotia welcomed 3,393 new permanent residents.

For the same period last year, the province had 2,965 new permanent residents.

Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab says the momentum is truly incredible and positive. She says work to strengthen the population and economy through immigration is making a difference.

Nova Scotia’s retention rate also remains strong at 71 per Cent - the highest in the region.

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