Nova Scotia Population Surpasses One Million


Nova Scotia Population Surpasses One Million

Immigration helps Nova Scotia population surpasses one million. In an interesting turn of events, the population of Nova Scotia has surpassed an important milestone – the one million mark. According to the province, this growth has majorly been driven by immigration. Also, their press release stresses that record growth has particularly been experienced in 2021. 

However,  by far one of the most interesting things about Nova Scotia is that it’s not just good at attracting immigrants – it’s great at retaining them as well. It has an immigration retention rate of 71% – the highest value in Atlantic Canada. And to sweeten the pot, the immigrants coming to Nova Scotia are from all over the world.

For instance, in 2020 alone, the province received immigrants from Korea, China, India, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom.

Why is one million a momentous figure for Nova Scotia’s population?

In a statement on the milestone, Premier Tim Houston called it a significant moment, particularly because of Nova Scotia’s history of declining population. He went on to indicate that this recent population growth is a sign that the world has finally started to notice how special the province is.

Beyond that, he iterated that the population growth would make the Nova Scotia community stronger. This is particularly expected to happen through the creation of new jobs/businesses, improvement of infrastructure, increase in diversity, and increase in the province’s tax base.


Is one million enough?

While the government of Nova Scotia is excited about the economic growth that having a population of more than one million brings, it’s not satisfied with this number. It still aims to attract and retain more immigrants, particularly young entrepreneurs and skilled workers. In fact, its next goal is to grow the population to two million people by 2060.

To achieve this, the province will have to receive 25,000 newcomers per year through both immigration and inter-provincial migration. So to achieve this lofty goal, Nova Scotia is getting ready to launch a marketing initiative that will cost $2.5 million. 

Also, the Department of Labor, Skills, and Immigration continues to work with the province’s employers to streamline immigration processes and innovatively respond to labor shortages in some occupations.

Nova Scotia’s immigration pathways

If you want to be among the approximately one million extra people Nova Scotia is hoping to attract, you’re in luck – there are several immigration pathways in the province. These include:

  • Express Entry

As Canada’s main immigration pathway, Express Entry is available in Nova Scotia and all other provinces apart from Quebec. So as long as you’re qualified for the Federal Worker Skilled Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Canadian Experience Class, you can go this route.

  • Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

Like other Canadian provinces, Nova Scotia also has Provincial Nomination Programs. These include Nova Scotia Experience Express Entry and Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities. While these two programs require you to be eligible for Express Entry, others don’t. These include the Occupation In-Demand, Skilled Worker, and Physician streams.

And if you’re an entrepreneur, the province even has specific streams for you – the International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream and the Entrepreneur Stream. While the latter caters to ordinary entrepreneurs who want to start or buy a business in Nova Scotia, the former only caters to those who studied in a recognized university/community college in the province and have already started/bought a business there.

  • The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)

This is an immigration program that caters to immigrants seeking to move to one of Canada’s 4 Atlantic provinces. These are Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot particularly helps Canadian employers living in these areas to hire foreigners to do jobs that they have been unable to fill locally. 

After hiring the immigrants, these employers even go as far as providing them with settlement funds – a feature that has been proven to improve retention rates. It’s therefore not surprising that Sean Fraser, the immigration minister with roots in Nova Scotia, recently announced that this program will become a permanent one in 2022.


Nova Scotia’s future is bright

From January to April 2021, 5,696 people moved to Nova Scotia from other countries and Canadian provinces – the greatest population growth in a year’s first quarter since 1971. So if you ever thought that this province’s growth rate was overrated, think again – it doesn’t get better than this!

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