Nova Scotia approved a high number of immigrants in 2020, as the province is on the road to economic recovery from the impact of coronavirus pandemic. The province approved the applications of a total of 3517 immigration candidates. Most of them either have work experience in the healthcare sector or are already living in Canada. The candidates whose applications have already been approved but are living abroad can move to Canada once the coronavirus-related travel restrictions are eased.
However, it must also be noted that Nova Scotia immigration levels were lower in 2020 compared to 2019, owing to coronavirus pandemic. However, Nova Scotia continued processing applications through both the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) and Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP).
Immigration crucial for Nova Scotia’s economic recovery
Recognizing the role of immigration in the economic recovery of the province in the post-pandemic period, Lena Diab, the Immigration Minister of Nova Scotia, said: “Immigration will play an important role in our economy as we recover from this pandemic. We will continue to work with our stakeholders to identify the labour needs in key essential service sectors and employers who need specialized skills and talent to create economic growth.”
Nova Scotia is currently focusing on attracting foreign workers with specialized skills, with an aim to address the labour shortages in the province. Province is also making efforts to retain international students who have graduated from its higher education institutions. Last year, 1018 graduates applied for staying in Nova Scotia, while in 2014, the number was only 30.
Immigrate to Nova Scotia
You can immigrate to Nova Scotia through either the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) or the Nova Scotia Nominee Program(NSNP). AIP allows employers in the four Atlantic provinces of Canada-Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island to hire foreign workers if they cannot fill job vacancies with local talent. Under this Program, they do not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). However, the candidates must have a job offer from a designated employer and an individualized settlement plan. Under NSNP, a candidate can choose to immigrate through any one of the eight immigration streams:
- Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
- Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
- Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians
- Physician Stream
- Skilled Worker Stream
- Occupation In Demand Stream
- Entrepreneur Stream
- International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
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