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:

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.

year ca population ns population population percent ca immigration ns immigration immigration percent
1971 21962032 797294 3.63% 117036 1709 1.46%
1972 22218463 802255 3.61% 138526 1923 1.39%
1973 22491777 812386 3.61% 217456 3064 1.41%
1974 22807969 818751 3.59% 209283 2342 1.12%
1975 23143275 826549 3.57% 170028 2004 1.18%
1976 23449808 835166 3.56% 130931 1854 1.42%
1977 23725843 840028 3.54% 100967 1219 1.21%
1978 23963203 844628 3.52% 84518 967 1.14%
1979 24201544 849396 3.51% 143825 1885 1.31%
1980 24515667 852659 3.48% 127238 1271 1.00%
1981 24819915 854871 3.44% 135339 1470 1.09%
1982 25116942 859038 3.42% 101404 937 0.92%
1983 25366451 868289 3.42% 88592 939 1.06%
1984 25607053 877471 3.43% 83925 1049 1.25%
1985 25842116 885848 3.43% 88657 974 1.10%
1986 26100278 889087 3.41% 130880 1170 0.89%
1987 26446601 893606 3.38% 152211 1212 0.80%
1988 26791747 897216 3.35% 177632 1452 0.82%
1989 27276781 903841 3.31% 203357 1454 0.71%
1990 27691138 910451 3.29% 221382 1542 0.70%
1991 28037420 914969 3.26% 244281 1927 0.79%
1992 28371264 919451 3.24% 266890 2599 0.97%
1993 28684764 923925 3.22% 235360 3084 1.31%
1994 29000663 926871 3.20% 220738 3726 1.69%
1995 29302311 928120 3.17% 217478 3397 1.56%
1996 29610218 931327 3.15% 224857 3111 1.38%
1997 29905948 932402 3.12% 194459 2590 1.33%
1998 30155173 931836 3.09% 173194 1624 0.94%
1999 30401286 933784 3.07% 205710 1674 0.81%
2000 30685730 933821 3.04% 252527 1747 0.69%
2001 31020596 932491 3.01% 256405 1609 0.63%
2002 31358418 935155 2.98% 199170 1257 0.63%
2003 31641630 937676 2.96% 239083 1707 0.71%
2004 31938004 939612 2.94% 244578 1708 0.70%
2005 32242364 937899 2.91% 254374 2197 0.86%
2006 32570505 937869 2.88% 238125 2715 1.14%
2007 32887928 935071 2.84% 249622 2668 1.07%
2008 33245773 935865 2.81% 245289 2446 1.00%
2009 33628571 938194 2.79% 270581 2413 0.89%
2010 34005274 942073 2.77% 259106 2287 0.88%
2011 34342780 944469 2.75% 260115 2355 0.91%
2012 34750545 944943 2.72% 263156 2243 0.85%
2013 35155451 943538 2.68% 267906 2779 1.04%
2014 35544564 943294 2.65% 240844 2685 1.11%
2015 35848610 943373 2.63% 320932 5390 1.68%

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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