Nova Scotia will welcome more immigrants this year. The province’s allocation for permanent residents has increased by a record-breaking 75%. This allocation will result in the province’s ability to welcome even more people than last year.
In 2021, about 9,025 new permanent residents moved to Nova Scotia, surpassing the prior high of 2019 by 19%. Additionally, the province is making large investments in immigration programs to drive economic growth.
The province is prepared to welcome even more immigrants to boost its population, fill labour and skill gaps, and improve community diversity. In addition, provide peace and stability to its settlers.
Nova Scotia 2022 immigration targets breakdown
According to Nova Scotia’s official news release, it will be able to accept 5,430 applications for permanent residency this year. The number of applicants is 40% higher than the 3,857 candidates who received invitations to reside in Nova Scotia in 2021.
Further, it includes an increase in AIP spaces to 1,173, resulting in a 75% increase over 2021. In addition to 400 nomination spaces in the Provincial Nominee Program. Both are much higher than the previous year, increased to help Canada’s declining population and support immigrants to settle.
Additionally, Nova Scotia Nominee Program and Atlantic Immigration Programs will receive more resources. The province plans to invest over $1 million in advertising campaigns to promote immigration. In addition, Nova Scotia has also set aside $1.4 million for community settlement services to meet its targets.
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Why have immigration allocation numbers increased?
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) and the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) have significantly helped Nova Scotia in population growth. Over 10,000 people entered Nova Scotia through the AIP between 2017 and 2021. During this time, nearly 91 percent of immigrants remained in the province.
Further, Jill Balser, the Minister of Labour, Skills, and Immigration in the IRCC, approved the monetary and placement allocations for AIP and NSNP.
The federal government has committed to increasing the allocation goals for these programs. As a result, the province will be able to accept more candidates each year, allowing more people to move to Nova Scotia with their families. Moreover, the allocation numbers depends on the Immigration Levels Plan that defines how many immigrants can settle in Canada each year.
Source: Nova Scotia News Release
Shivika Adhwaryu is a content writer for Immigration News Canada. She brings the latest, well-researched, and verifiable content to help newcomers, students, and Canadians navigate life easily in Canada.