Canadian province wants to double its immigration numbers by 2020

by Ray Clancy on May 4, 2011

Nova Scotia to increase immigrant intake

Nova Scotia in Canada wants more foreign workers as it seeks to double its immigration intake by 2020 because of severe skill shortages in some sectors.

The Canadian province is to invest an extra $790,000 in attracting skilled migrants under a new immigration strategy, Welcome Home to Nova Scotia, aimed at attracting 7,200 new immigrants a year.

‘Welcome Home to Nova Scotia is the province’s most ambitious and focused immigration plan ever and one of the most comprehensive strategies in the country,’ said Premier Darrell Dexter.

‘It will compliment jobs here by targeting international workers with the technical skills and international contacts the province needs to become more innovative, productive and competitive. It will ensure potential immigrants understand they are welcome and valued in Nova Scotia and that this province wants them to stay and build a life here,’ he added.

The strategy will see government working more closely with employers, community organizations and labour to ensure the province attracts immigrants whose skills are most needed in the workforce, according to Immigration Minister Marilyn More.

‘By focusing on attracting immigrants with the right skills and experience, this new strategy will make our immigration programs more responsive to employers’ needs,’ she said. ‘Equally important, it will mean that new immigrants will be more likely to succeed and stay in Nova Scotia, strengthening both our economy and our communities,’ she added.

The new strategy will also provide critical employment information about credential recognition and settlement information, to help immigrants plan for working and living in Nova Scotia before they arrive.

It also aims to improve settlement programmes such as extending immigrant navigator services to all regions of the province and ensure easier and quicker recruiting of temporary foreign workers for employers.

There will be more protections for temporary foreign workers and enhanced programmes that encourage them to make Nova Scotia their permanent home.

The province wants to attract immigrants from around the world and international graduates already in Canada and establish a formal and ongoing evaluation of the nominee programme to ensure accountability for immigrants, employers and taxpayers.

To help meet that target, Nova Scotia it wants to boost the number of migrants it will sponsor under the Provincial Nominee Programme to 1,500 a year. Currently Nova Scotia can only issue 500 certificates a year under the system.

The Provincial Nominee Programme allows Canadian provinces and territories to sponsor skilled migrants who have skills in certain areas for permanent residence in Canada.

Canada is one of the most popular destinations for skilled migrants, with approximately a quarter million migrants arriving each year. The province has had a controversial history on immigration as a previous version of its nominee program failed to give immigrants the middle management work experience and training they paid for when they came to Canada.

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Tez May 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I always find these type of things puzzling.. You often hear "Austrailia is crying out for IT people" or "you would have no problems with canada".. however when i have actually tried to find such schemes and programs they don't exist. I have some of the most desirable skills in IT and 10 years exp but when i looked at canada a few years back i was told its a 4 year wait to get your application reviewed and to not bother with medical check as it will expire before they read it.

Where is this 'fast-track' or attractive programme? I'm here come and get me lol

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