Nova Scotia gave a warm welcome to almost 5,500 immigrants in the year 2016. This number is much greater than the figures of previous seven decades. Lena Diab, (Provincial Minister of Immigration) while addressing to the provincial legislature stated that these results are the positive signs. It seems that Nova Scotia is on its way to achieving the goal of inducting 7,000 new immigrants per year until 2024.
Lena Diab shared her thoughts in the following words. “It’s my extreme pleasure to report that we’ve had a remarkable year for immigration to Nova Scotia,”. “I am so proud of these results; they reflect the hard work that we’ve been doing to grow our population and make Nova Scotia a more diverse and welcoming province.”
Nova Scotia is helping immigrants to seek permanent residents. Last year, out of these lucky immigrants, 1,350 were nominated through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). This suggests that Nova Scotia is playing an active role through its Provincial Nominee Program. In the year 2013, over 600 people utilized this passage to get Canadian immigration.
Moreover, the recent figures released by the federal government exhibits that 2,386 new applicants and their family members have entered via federal Express Entry system. Apart from this, other new immigrants successfully get their Canadian immigration as refugees or through family sponsorship programs.
With a view to breaking this record in 2017, Minister Lena Diab further stated that “looking forward to another outstanding year for immigration. We have a total of 2,150 spots to fill in 2017, that is the 1,350 spots for our Provincial Nominee Program and 800 spots in our new program, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot [Program, AIPP]. We’re on track to break more records.”
Besides the AIPP and NSNP, Nova Scotia will continue its journey to welcome sponsored persons, refugees, and federal economic migrants on regular basis.