Goal 1

Inter-Provincial Migration

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

Updated:

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 2015 and July, 1 2016, Nova Scotia saw a net loss of 1,358 people between the ages of 18 and 64 to other provinces. This number has steadily improved over the past three years from -3,000 in 2012-2013. If the trend over the last three years continues, inter-provincial migration will be on track to achieve the goal. Historically, improvements like this in inter-provincial migration have not been sustained.

year in-migration out-migration net
1971 15408 15598 -190
1972 17301 13790 3511
1973 18218 17235 983
1974 17589 15795 1794
1975 16392 13725 2667
1976 13368 13998 -630
1977 12661 12959 -298
1978 12717 12900 -183
1979 11425 13217 -1792
1980 12796 14865 -2069
1981 13215 14839 -1624
1982 13767 10817 2950
1983 13103 10063 3040
1984 12412 10482 1930
1985 11764 12662 -898
1986 11905 12952 -1047
1987 12734 14393 -1659
1988 14291 14097 194
1989 15215 15159 56
1990 13456 13784 -328
1991 12986 12997 -11
1992 12543 12579 -36
1993 11024 12462 -1438
1994 10926 13222 -2296
1995 11782 12851 -1069
1996 11331 12650 -1319
1997 11839 13726 -1887
1998 11355 11456 -101
1999 11836 12170 -334
2000 11225 12913 -1688
2001 12253 12878 -625
2002 12426 12154 272
2003 11239 11852 -613
2004 11375 13733 -2358
2005 11403 14003 -2600
2006 11009 15005 -3996
2007 11825 13800 -1975
2008 11449 12663 -1214
2009 11485 11181 304
2010 10966 11165 -199
2011 10782 13269 -2487
2012 9619 12589 -2970
2013 9925 12413 -2488
2014 10253 12675 -2422
2015 10850 12208 -1358

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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