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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International Immigration data summary graphic

Current Situation

The number of immigrants arriving in Nova Scotia has increased over the past five years, from 2,246 between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013, to a recent high of 5,442 between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016. The last three years have seen record numbers of immigration into the province, despite 2016 numbers being elevated by the one-time influx of Syrian refugees.  Between July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018, Nova Scotia received 5,137 immigrants – the second highest recorded in a single year. New immigration streams and pilot programs are expected to continue the trend of rising immigration.

yearca populationns populationpopulation percentca immigrationns immigrationimmigration percent
1971219620327972943.611703617091.5
1972222184638022553.613852619231.4
1973224917778123863.621745630641.4
1974228079698187513.620928323421.1
1975231432758265493.617002820041.2
1976234498088351663.613093118541.4
1977237258438400283.510096712191.2
1978239632038446283.5845189671.1
1979242015448493963.514382518851.3
1980245156678526593.512723812711.0
1981248199158548713.413533914701.1
1982251169428590383.41014049370.9
1983253664518682893.4885929391.1
1984256070538774713.48392510491.2
1985258421168858483.4886579741.1
1986261002788890873.413088011700.9
1987264466018936063.415221112120.8
1988267917478972163.317763214520.8
1989272767819038413.320335714540.7
1990276911389104513.322138215420.7
1991280374209149693.324428119270.8
1992283712649194513.226689025991.0
1993286847649239253.223536030841.3
1994290006639268713.222073837261.7
1995293023119281203.221747833971.6
1996296102189313273.122485731111.4
1997299059489324023.119445925901.3
1998301551739318363.117319416240.9
1999304012869337843.120571016740.8
2000306857309338213.025252717470.7
2001310205969324913.025640516090.6
2002313584189351553.019917012570.6
2003316416309376763.023908317070.7
2004319380049396122.924457817080.7
2005322423649378992.925437421970.9
2006325705059378692.923812527151.1
2007328879289350712.824962226681.1
2008332457739358652.824528924461.0
2009336285719381942.827058124130.9
2010340052749420732.825911022920.9
2011343427809444692.826003623600.9
2012347505459449432.726310122460.9
2013351523709430492.726792427791.0
2014355353489422092.724076326881.1
2015358325139415452.632319254421.7
2016362646049486182.627270743571.6
2017367080839538692.630325751371.7

What this means

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

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