Nova Scotia Announces New Immigration Goals For 2022

In Canada immigration news, a record-breaking 75 percent increase in allocation for permanent residents in Nova Scotia has been set. Those who plan to live in Nova Scotia as well as work, raise families and plant roots can rest assured that the province has expanded its means to welcome even more people to the Atlantic province.

9,025 new permanent residents settled in Nova Scotia in 2021, beating the previous high of 2019 by 19 percent. The Province keeps making significant investments in immigration programs to promote economic growth.

Nova Scotia is prepared to accept even more newcomers to increase its population, address labour and skill gaps, and enhance diversity in communities. Those who want to settle in Canada must consider the peace and stability that Nova Scotia can offer.

In a news release issued on Thursday, the government stated that it could accept 5,430 applications for permanent residency this year, which is 40 percent more than the 3,857 candidates it received to live in Nova Scotia in 2021.

This includes a rise of 1,173 places in the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) which has a 75 percent increase over 2021 and a rise of 400 nomination spaces in the Provincial Nominee Program. As both are up significantly from the previous year, this alleviates Canada’s declining population problem and encourages more immigrants to settle in Canada


In more Canada immigration news: the provincial nominee and Atlantic Immigration Programs will receive significantly more resources. To help hit their targets, Nova Scotia plans to invest over $1 million on advertising initiatives related to immigration and population growth and budget $1.4 million for community settlement services.

The NSNP and the Atlantic Immigration Program are why Nova Scotia's population has risen. Between 2017 and 2021, more than 10,000 people entered Nova Scotia via the AIP. About 91 percent of immigrants remained in the Province during this time.

Jill Balser is the Minister of Labour, Skills, and Immigration in the department that holds authority over Immigration: Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Canada (IRCC). He recently approved the Province's 2022 monetary and placement allocations for both the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program and Atlantic Immigration Program.

"Nova Scotia is a special place, and we are excited that more and more people see a future for themselves and their families here," said Balser.
Additionally, he stated that "Population growth is vital to our economic success. So we have been preparing for growth, working with employers, communities and settlement organizations to get ready for more people to call Nova Scotia home."

During the next three years, the federal government has committed to raising the allocation goals for these programs. As a result, the number of applicants the Province can let relocate to Nova Scotia with their families will increase annually. Each year, IRCC bases its allocation decision on the Immigration Levels Plan which determines how many immigrants can settle in Canada.

People who fit Nova Scotian companies' labour demands and seek a road to permanent residency can apply for either the Province's economic immigration programs, the Provincial Nominee Program or the Atlantic Immigration Program. According to their job experience, skills, and occupation, potential immigrants have a choice of nine established streams under the Provincial Nominee Program.

Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

To attract qualified immigrants to reside in one of the four Atlantic provinces, the Atlantic immigration program was launched as a pilot initiative in 2017. It was made permanent in January 2022 after demonstrating great success. The initiative encourages firms in Atlantic Canada to apply to the Province for official designation so that, if they hire a foreign worker, the Labour Market Impact Assessment won't be required (LMIA).

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program runs separately from the AIP and gives potential immigrants a choice of nine different immigration routes.

  1. Express Entry aligned streams
  2. Skilled Worker stream
  3. Occupation: In-Demand stream
  4. International Graduates: In-Demand stream
  5. International Graduate: Entrepreneur stream
  6. Entrepreneur stream
  7. Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
  8. Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  9. Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians

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