By Edana Robitaille
Nova Scotia has confirmed its allocations for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) and the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) for 2022. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has increased the provincial nomination number to 5,340 and added 1,173 more endorsement spaces to the AIP, which is 75% more than 2021. IRCC determines the number of allocations each year based on the Immigration Levels Plan.
Nova Scotia welcomed 9,025 new permanent residents in 2021, a record-breaking number that surpassed the previous high in 2019 by 19%. The province continues to invest heavily in immigration initiatives to encourage economic growth.
For example, the provincial Budget 2022-23 includes an additional $1 million for immigration and population growth marketing campaigns. The province is also investing $1.4 million more for settlement services in communities across Nova Scotia and $895,000 for more staff to support immigration programs.
“Nova Scotia is a special place and we are excited that more and more people see a future for themselves and their families here,” said Jill Balser, Minister of Labour, Skills and Immigration. “Population growth is vital to our economic success. We have been preparing for growth, working with employers, communities and settlement organizations to get ready for more people to call Nova Scotia home.”
The province has also welcomed 500 Ukrainians through the Canada Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET). CUAET participants are not counted in the total allocation of newcomers.
Source: CIC News