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Canada’s Nova Scotia is urgently seeking more migrants

Thanks to the province’s welcoming attitude to migrants. New statistics reveal as of April 1, 2016 was 947,284 which means almost 5,000 more people supporting the Canadian economy bringing with them skills and expertise .

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Nova Scotia's population is the highest it's ever been thanks to a growth spurt of 1,460 in the first three months of 2016, according to a new report from Statistics Canada and is supported by the findings of the Quarterly Demographic Estimates which was released late last week.

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The report continued to state that the population increase of 1,460 from the 1st of January to the 1st of April has been the largest first quarter growth since 1985.

Citing immigration as the main reason for the increase, the report says 1,849 immigrants arrived in the province during the first quarter of 2016. It was the largest number on record for a single quarter.

According to the Canadian Governmental website supporting job seekers more than 18 million people are employed in Canada with only 6% of the adult population under the age of 65 being unemployed. Currently more than 350 000 jobs are up for grabs for migrants and the average weekly income is CD $960 per week. This, at the current exchange rate, translates to ZAR 11146,32 per week.

If not for immigration, the province's population would continue to shrink. The report says Nova Scotia's natural population change — the number of births less the number of deaths — continues to decline which spells disaster for the province’s economy and growth prospects. In fact, the report states that for the same period – 1st of January to the 1st of April there were 2,005 births and 2,543 deaths. This means that a huge, and steady, decline in the population of around 20% per annum seems to be the trend.

Inter-provincial migration also dragged down the population but not as much as it has in the past, with the report saying 33 people left Nova Scotia for other provinces. It was the lowest first quarter outflow numbers since 2011.

The report notes while outmigration to Alberta slowed down, more Nova Scotians were leaving for Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, and British Columbia.

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One of the recommendations of the Ivany report was that the number of migrants admitted to Nova Scotia annually should be tripled. This would give more migrants access to Canada should the Nova Scotia administration and the Canadian government agree to the recommendations.

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