Visa Crunch

Atlantic Province Nova Scotia’s Population Has Reached 1 Million, Thanks To Boost In Immigration

Nova Scotia passed the population milestone following record growth since July 2021. The month before, Canada had lifted travel restrictions on approved permanent residents, which had limited immigration since the border closed in March 2020.

“More people make us stronger in every way,” said Nova Scotia’s Premier Tim Houston in a media release. “We all benefit from this growth with a greater tax base, new businesses and jobs, greater diversity and culture and improved infrastructure.”

A provincial government media release says immigration played a large part in the population’s growth. Nova Scotia’s population grew 5,696 in the first quarter of 2021, the largest increase in the first quarter since 1971.

In 2020, most immigrants to Nova Scotia came from India, China, the Philippines, Korea, and the United Kingdom.

The province’s current immigration retention rate is at 71 per cent, the highest out of the Atlantic provinces. These four east-coast provinces have historically seen newcomers come and go in search of jobs or more urban centres.

One of the province’s key priorities is to support economic growth by attracting workers and entrepreneurs. To support this goal, Nova Scotia is preparing to launch a $2.5-million marketing initiative to promote immigration to the government.

The province also wants to grow the population to two million by 2060. In order to do this, Nova Scotia aims to attract 25,000 newcomers per year through a combination of inter-provincial migration as well as immigration.

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