Nova Scotia welcomed more than 9,000 newcomers in 2021
For 2022, Nova Scotia has confirmed its allocations for the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) and the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has increased the number of nominations for the province to 5,340 and allocated 1,173 additional spaces for the AIP, a 75% increase over 2021. The IRCC determines the number of allocations each year using the Immigration Levels Plan.
Nova Scotia welcomed 9,025 new permanent residents in 2021, a record number that exceeded the previous high in 2019 by 19%. The province continues to invest heavily in immigration initiatives to support economic growth.
For instance, the provincial budget for 2022–2023 allocates an additional $1 million for marketing initiatives promoting immigration and population expansion. The province is also investing $1.4 million more in settlement services in communities across Nova Scotia and $895,000 for more staff to support immigration programs.
The Minister of Jobs Skills, and Immigration, Jill Balser, said, “Nova Scotia is a wonderful place, and we are glad that more and more people envision a future for themselves and their families here.” “Population growth is critical to our economic success. We’ve been preparing for growth and working with employers, communities and settlement organizations to prepare more people to call Nova Scotia home.”
The province has also admitted 500 Ukrainians under the Canada Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program. CUAET participants are not counted in the total number of new arrivals.
Atlantic Immigration Program
The Atlantic Immigration Program was launched as a trial programme in 2017 to entice qualified immigrants to settle in one of the four Atlantic Provinces. It has proven to be very successful and was made permanent in January 2022. The program encourages Atlantic Canadian employers to apply to the province for official recognition, which means they can skip the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) when hiring a foreign national.
If an employee accepts a job offer from a recognized employer, the employer must match the employee with a recognized settlement services provider. The latter conducts a needs assessment for the applicant and family members arriving with the applicant to develop a settlement plan.
Last year, the AIP welcomed 1,564 new permanent residents to Nova Scotia, helping to push the province’s population over the one million mark for the first time in history.
Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program operates independently of the AIP and offers potential applicants nine different immigration options.
Express Entry-focused streams
The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities, Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry, and Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians are only open to applicants who have an Express Entry profile with the IRCC (IRCC).
Express Entry is an application management system used by IRCC for economic immigration programs. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) receive points based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). These points are weighed against each other, and the applicants with the highest score are more likely to receive an invitation to apply for permanent resident status (ITA).
Skilled Worker Stream
The Skilled Worker category requires a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer and demonstrated work experience within the appropriate National Occupational Classification (NOC) qualification code.
This category may apply to NOCs 0, A, B, C or D. Language requirements may vary depending on the applicant’s NOC.
Occupation: In-Demand Stream
Occupation: In-Demand Stream requires a job offer in one of the in-demand occupations on the current list, typically those with NOC’s C and D.
International Graduates: Demand Stream
International Graduates: Applicants for the In-Demand Stream must have completed at least a 30-week program in an in-demand occupation, such as child care or nursing. An employment offer from inside the province is essential, and the program’s second half must be finished there.
International Graduate: Entrepreneur Stream
The International Graduate Program: Entrepreneur is designed for international graduates who have completed two years of study at a Nova Scotia post-secondary institution and have obtained a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). Applicants must also demonstrate at least one year of experience as a business owner.
Candidates for the Entrepreneur Stream need at least three years of experience as an entrepreneur, as well as a business plan and a willingness to invest $150,000 to buy or start a business in Nova Scotia.
Immigration initiatives in Atlantic Canada are a success
Nova Scotia’s population growth is largely due to the NSNP and the Atlantic Immigration Program. Through the AIP, over 10,000 newcomers came to Nova Scotia between 2017 and 2021. During this period, approximately 91% of immigrants remained in the province.
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