Earlier this week, the government of Nova Scotia published a detailed immigration report of the province. The report states that in 2015 Nova Scotia had 3,403 immigrants who came to settle in the province as permanent residents, this reports an all-time high for the region and the highest in over ten years. There has been an incredible increase in 2016, whereas in the first half of the year alone the number of new settlers to the region has already reached 3,418. 1000 of those immigrants are Syrian refugees who have been arriving in the province since early December 2015. The government of Nova Scotia is optimistic that the number of new immigrants to the area will continue to grow in the second half of 2016.
The government of Nova Scotia has gone to great lengths to promote and implement the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). It is an immigration program that allows a province to select new settlers to its region based on criteria set by the concerned province, and it is one of the Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP) set up by the Canadian government.
Nova Scotia was the first province to launch a PNP program that was in line with the Express Entry immigration program and not only that but the province was also proactive in convincing the federal government of the benefits of increasing the PNP allocations. The federal government accepted these increases not once but twice and the second one came as recent as March 2016. As a result, the number of NSNP allocations increased from 700 to 1,350.
A warm welcome to Nova Scotia
Lena Diab, the minister of immigration in Nova Scotia singled out the regions welcoming attitude among other reasons, as the biggest reason why people want to visit and settle in the area.
“The support that we have received across this land and across this province from one region to another has been overwhelming don’t believe anyone would have expected that kind of support. People are embracing diversity, people are loving the fact that we are different”, said the minister. With the current attitude of the people in Nova Scotia, the minister expects more immigrants and their families to remain in the province, she also stated that the province has a 74% retention rate for newcomers who arrived between 2008 and 2013.
Why Nova Scotia
Almost completely surrounded by the ocean with a 7,600km coastline and over 100 sandy beaches, Nova Scotia is home to the world’s highest tides. With tiny fishing villages all around the province, as well as exciting cities, everyone visiting Nova Scotia will experience its distinct marine time features.
Historically, Nova Scotia has always acted as the entry point to Canada for more than a hundred years. English, French, Scottish, and Irish immigrants were known to settle in the area long before Canada even existed, and many an explorer had also arrived at its shores.
Nova Scotians are proud of where they live because of their culture and heritage, and many consider culture as the main factor that contributes to the development of an individual and the community as a whole. These qualities makeit helpful for newly arrived immigrants to easily integrate and join the community and provide them with opportunities for growth.
On a lighter note, Nova Scotia also offers unique cuisine and music that is enjoyed by its residents. The Ocean offers delicious menus of Lobster, smoked salmon, fish and many hearty meals served in local dishes. In terms of music, Nova Scotia’s melodies are appreciated all across Canada, with different genres of pop, rock, hip-hop, folk and country that are influenced by the province’s diverse nationalities and it creates a distinct sound unique only to Nova Scotia.