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.

Updated:

International Immigration data summary graphic

Current Situation

The number of immigrants arriving in Nova Scotia has increased over the past four years, from 2,243 between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013, to a recent high of 5,442 between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016, and 4,356 between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017. Although 2016 numbers were elevated by the one-time influx of Syrian refugees, 2017 numbers have remained high by historical standards -- the second highest number in a single year. Immigration into the province has steadily increased over the past three years, even excluding refugees. New immigration streams and pilot programs are expected to continue that trend.

yearca populationns populationpopulation percentca immigrationns immigrationimmigration percent
1971219620327972943.6%11703617091.5%
1972222184638022553.6%13852619231.4%
1973224917778123863.6%21745630641.4%
1974228079698187513.6%20928323421.1%
1975231432758265493.6%17002820041.2%
1976234498088351663.6%13093118541.4%
1977237258438400283.5%10096712191.2%
1978239632038446283.5%845189671.1%
1979242015448493963.5%14382518851.3%
1980245156678526593.5%12723812711.0%
1981248199158548713.4%13533914701.1%
1982251169428590383.4%1014049370.9%
1983253664518682893.4%885929391.1%
1984256070538774713.4%8392510491.2%
1985258421168858483.4%886579741.1%
1986261002788890873.4%13088011700.9%
1987264466018936063.4%15221112120.8%
1988267917478972163.3%17763214520.8%
1989272767819038413.3%20335714540.7%
1990276911389104513.3%22138215420.7%
1991280374209149693.3%24428119270.8%
1992283712649194513.2%26689025991.0%
1993286847649239253.2%23536030841.3%
1994290006639268713.2%22073837261.7%
1995293023119281203.2%21747833971.6%
1996296102189313273.1%22485731111.4%
1997299059489324023.1%19445925901.3%
1998301551739318363.1%17319416240.9%
1999304012869337843.1%20571016740.8%
2000306857309338213.0%25252717470.7%
2001310205969324913.0%25640516090.6%
2002313584189351553.0%19917012570.6%
2003316416309376763.0%23908317070.7%
2004319380049396122.9%24457817080.7%
2005322423649378992.9%25437421970.9%
2006325705059378692.9%23812527151.1%
2007328879289350712.8%24962226681.1%
2008332457739358652.8%24528924461.0%
2009336285719381942.8%27058124130.9%
2010340052749420732.8%25910622870.9%
2011343427809444692.8%26011523550.9%
2012347505459449432.7%26315622430.9%
2013351523709430492.7%26790627791.0%
2014355353489422092.7%24084126851.1%
2015358325139415452.6%32317354421.7%
2016362646049486182.6%27266643561.6%

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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