Goal 1

Inter Provincial Migration

Nova Scotia will be averaging a net gain of 1,000 working age persons per year.

Updated:

Info Graphic showing Inter-Provincial Migration data for Nova Scotia

Current situation

Since mid-2014, Nova Scotia has seen a decrease in the number of people leaving for other provinces, especially Alberta. Between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017, Nova Scotia saw a net gain of 314 people between the ages of 18 and 64 from other provinces. This is the second consecutive year of net positive interprovincial migration. If the recent trend continues, interprovincial migration will be on track to achieve this goal. Historically, improvements like this in interprovincial migration have not been sustained. 

yearin-migrationout-migrationnet
19711540815598-190
197217301137903511
19731821817235983
197417589157951794
197516392137252667
19761336813998-630
19771266112959-298
19781271712900-183
19791142513217-1792
19801279614865-2069
19811321514839-1624
198213767108172950
198313103100633040
198412412104821930
19851176412662-898
19861190512952-1047
19871273414393-1659
19881429114097194
1989152151515956
19901345613784-328
19911298612997-11
19921254312579-36
19931102412462-1438
19941092613222-2296
19951178212851-1069
19961133112650-1319
19971183913726-1887
19981135511456-101
19991183612170-334
20001122512913-1688
20011225312878-625
20021242612154272
20031123911852-613
20041137513733-2358
20051140314003-2600
20061100915005-3996
20071182513800-1975
20081144912663-1214
20091148511181304
20101096611165-199
20111078213269-2487
2012961912589-2970
2013992512413-2488
20141025312675-2422
20151136811008360
20161176711453314

What this means

This means that more working age Nova Scotians are remaining in Nova Scotia, more working age people from other provinces are moving here, and some Nova Scotians who have left in the past are now returning.

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