Immigration leads to record-breaking population growth in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia witnessed a record breaking population growth during the period between October 1, 2018 and October 1, 2019, according to the data released by Statistics Canada. This unprecedented growth of population is mainly attributed to the increase in the number of new immigrants and inter-provincial migrants to the province. The data shows that the population of the province grew by 12,339 residents during the 12-months period. This is including the 7,165 immigrants who came to the province during this time period.


This number can be translated into 1.28 percent of growth, which is the fastest increase in population to have happened in a 12-months period, as per the data recorded since 1972. As on October 1, 2019, the total population of Nova Scotia is a record 976,768.


The population growth of Nova Scotia recorded during the third quarter of 2019 was another record breaker. The population of the province grew by 5373 during the period between July 1 and October 1, 2019. A total of 2471 new immigrants arrived in Nova Scotia during this period and according the Government of Nova Scotia, this is the highest number of immigrants to have come to Nova Scotia in a quarter, since the period after the Second World War.


Nova Scotia welcomed 1090 new residents during this period through inter-provincial migration. This is the 16th consecutive quarter where Nova Scotia is recording a positive net inter-provincial migration, says the government data.


In a news release recently, Lena MetlegeDiab, the Immigration Minister of Nova Scotia, said that these population numbers indicated the positive impact of immigration on the province. The minister says, “Immigration is a priority and is key to filling persistent labour needs and increasing our population.”


At the same time, the natural growth of population in Nova Scotia, which is the difference between the number of births and deaths, has been witnessing a downward trend since 2016. However, this is being compensated by the increased population growth thanks to immigration and inter-provincial migration.


Nova Scotia is a favourite destination for immigrants as the province offers high living standards and better career opportunities. Contact the expert immigration consultants of CanApprove to know more about Nova Scotia migration or explore your options to migrate to Canada.

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