Nova Scotia’s Immigration System Just Got a Lot Better

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The Provincial Government just announced a new system intended to bring immigrants with experience in relevant fields to our province. Attracting truck drivers and continuing care workers will be the first goal of the program dedicated to closing gaping holes in the labour force.   


From the press release:

A new Occupations in Demand immigration pilot and changes to existing entrepreneur streams were announced today (May 30th).

The new stream will target specific professions, starting with continuing care assistants and truck drivers and be piloted across the province for the next three years.

Stream changes will allow existing business owners to be eligible under the province’s entrepreneur stream.

The ownership requirements for international graduates looking to start a business will change from 100 per cent to one third.

Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab says the changes and new Occupations in Demand pilot are expected to help more businesses prosper across Nova Scotia.

With the addition of the new pilot, the Office of Immigration now offers eight streams as well as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.


The announcement of the new program has received praise from all sides, with opposition leader Tim Houston calling it “good news”.

Immigration to Nova Scotia has been growing in recent years, with current rates being double those of a decade ago.

Nova Scotia Immigration Rates (2000-2018) Source: StatsCan
Nova Scotia Immigration Rates (2000-2018) Source: StatsCan

Immigration will likely remain a driver of growth in Nova Scotia for a good time to come. This announcement and the implementation of the stream will help immigrants and employers alike, and boost our economic competitiveness as a province.

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