May 11, 2011
Nova Scotia Will Double Immigration by 2020
Nova Scotia will strive to double the number of immigrants arriving into the province annually by 2020 in efforts to boost its workforce as the working population ages.
Under its new immigration strategy, it is estimated that the province will spend an additional $790 000 towards skilled labour. Premier Darrell Dexter plans to attract approximately 7200 immigrants per year, which more than doubles the current number of 3600.
In order to reach its goals, the province will work in conjunction with Ottawa to remove the current cap on the nominee program. Nova Scotia will also need to issue 1500 certificates under its nominee program for skilled workers by 2020.