The government of Nova Scotia announced that in 2018, the province set a new record as it welcomed 5,970 new permanent residents to the country.
Previously the highest Permanent Residents’ intake record was made in 2016, has welcomed over 5,485 new permanent residents. Last year’s record stood taller with over 500 more new permanent residents.
According to the Office of Immigration in Nova Scotia, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and the Nova Scotia Nominee Program are responsible for more than 65% of all the new permanent residents received in 2018.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
Under this program, there is an ‘employer driven stream’ which was introduced in 2017 and which allows specific employers to employ qualified, skilled immigrants and international graduates who can fill up positions that were formerly vacant.
The Pilot program, however, operates in the four provinces present in the Atlantic, including; Labrador, New Brunswick, New Found land, Nova Scotia and the Prince Edward Island.
Nova Scotia Nominee Program
Nova Scotia’s Provincial Nominee Program is actively involved in the recruitment of immigrants to the country and can nominate candidates in the economic class for Permanent Residence.
The Minister for Immigration in Nova Scotia, Lena Diab, said that they are excited to notice the notable increase and that such a success was traceable to the good work of the government, and their partnership with community groups and employers.
Unlike in the past, the population in Nova Scotia has been on the increase for the last three consecutive years, having 964,693 people as of October last year. This increase is majorly influenced by immigration as 15,000 new immigrants had arrived in the country through this route. 71% of them remained in Nova Scotia, hence producing the highest rate of retention ever recorded in all the four provinces in the Atlantic.
Diab added that if the country attracts and retains newcomers, its population, economy, and community will be improved upon.
Nominations and Approvals made in 2018
There are three immigration classes in Nova Scotia that are linked to the Express Entry streams. They include Nova Scotia Experience Class, Nova Scotia Demand Class, and the Labour Market Priorities Class. The NSNP nominated 1,400 applicants in 2018, and 1,094 of them were nominated based on these three streams. The Nova Scotia experience class nominated 378 applicants, while its demand class nominated 500 applicants. The Labor Market Priorities Class nominated 186 applicants.
The other 306 nominations made came through the Province’s Nominee Progam Skilled Worker, International Graduate Entrepreneur, and Physician Streams. These streams are in no way linked to the Express Entry stream.
Also, Permanent Residence Status’ were issued to over 872 applicants through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot in 2018.
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