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Nova Scotia’s population hit the one million mark midway through December 2021, largely due to strong inter-provincial migration in what could potentially be the best year on record for permanent resident arrivals. 

The province says inter-provincial migration has grown since 2015. For 2020-21, this meant nearly 10,000 net new people came to Nova Scotia from other provinces and territories. 

As of Halloween, 6,169 permanent residents had arrived in Nova Scotia in 2021. 

“In 2019, Nova Scotia saw its highest number of immigrants landing in one year, 7,580, and despite the pandemic, 2021 is on track to exceed that number,” the province says in a press release. 

The population increase in the third quarter of the year was “the fastest quarterly growth in records dating back to 1971,” the province says in a related press release. 

While it took more than a century for Nova Scotia’s population to reach one million, the province is aiming to reach two million much sooner: by 2060. 

The province hopes to attract an average of 25,000 people to Nova Scotia each year through immigration and inter-provincial migration. 

For people looking to come to the province as permanent residence applicants in the spouse, partner, and dependent child categories, the federal government recently launched a new online case status tracker. 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says it’s working on providing similar tools to other applicant groups. 

“This tool will enable clients to keep track of their application and any needed actions required to keep it moving as quickly as possible. It also increases transparency by giving them access to all of the same information they would get if they contacted an IRCC client service agent,” IRCC says in a news release. 

In 2021, more than 405,000 permanent residents landed in Canada, which is the most ever in a year. 

Richard Woodbury

Richard writes for both local and national publications and his work has been published by Reuters, Metro and Enterprise Magazine.

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