Goal 2

International Immigration

With the cooperation of the federal government, Nova Scotia will be receiving annually its proportionate share of all new international immigrants to Canada.

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Current Situation

The number of immigrants arriving in Nova Scotia rose over the past three years to 5,390 between July, 1 2015 and July, 1 2016, from 2,243 between July, 1 2012 and July, 1 2013. Although 2016 numbers were elevated by the one-time influx of Syrian refugees, the first quarter of 2016 saw the largest, single-quarter influx of immigrants to Nova Scotia on record. Even when refugees are excluded, immigration has steadily increased over the past three years. New immigration streams and pilot programs are expected to help that trend continue, which is why we are also on track to meet this goal.

yearca populationns populationpopulation percentca immigrationns immigrationimmigration percent
1971219620327972943.63%11703617091.46%
1972222184638022553.61%13852619231.39%
1973224917778123863.61%21745630641.41%
1974228079698187513.59%20928323421.12%
1975231432758265493.57%17002820041.18%
1976234498088351663.56%13093118541.42%
1977237258438400283.54%10096712191.21%
1978239632038446283.52%845189671.14%
1979242015448493963.51%14382518851.31%
1980245156678526593.48%12723812711.00%
1981248199158548713.44%13533914701.09%
1982251169428590383.42%1014049370.92%
1983253664518682893.42%885929391.06%
1984256070538774713.43%8392510491.25%
1985258421168858483.43%886579741.10%
1986261002788890873.41%13088011700.89%
1987264466018936063.38%15221112120.80%
1988267917478972163.35%17763214520.82%
1989272767819038413.31%20335714540.71%
1990276911389104513.29%22138215420.70%
1991280374209149693.26%24428119270.79%
1992283712649194513.24%26689025990.97%
1993286847649239253.22%23536030841.31%
1994290006639268713.20%22073837261.69%
1995293023119281203.17%21747833971.56%
1996296102189313273.15%22485731111.38%
1997299059489324023.12%19445925901.33%
1998301551739318363.09%17319416240.94%
1999304012869337843.07%20571016740.81%
2000306857309338213.04%25252717470.69%
2001310205969324913.01%25640516090.63%
2002313584189351552.98%19917012570.63%
2003316416309376762.96%23908317070.71%
2004319380049396122.94%24457817080.70%
2005322423649378992.91%25437421970.86%
2006325705059378692.88%23812527151.14%
2007328879289350712.84%24962226681.07%
2008332457739358652.81%24528924461.00%
2009336285719381942.79%27058124130.89%
2010340052749420732.77%25910622870.88%
2011343427809444692.75%26011523550.91%
2012347505459449432.72%26315622430.85%
2013351554519435382.68%26790627791.04%
2014355445649432942.65%24084426851.11%
2015358486109433732.63%32093253901.68%
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What this means

This reflects a general trend of greater immigration to Nova Scotia over the past three years, as well as the one-time arrival of the large cohort of Syrian refugees in early 2016.

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