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N.S. New Immigration Targets For 2022

Jun 20, 2022

Nova Scotia has confirmed its allocations for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) and the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) for 2022.

The Province’s 2022 allocations for the Provincial Nominee Program and Atlantic Immigration Program were confirmed by IRCC in a letter to Jill Balser, Minister of Labour, Skills, and Immigration.

The federal government also committed to expanding allocation targets for these programs over the next three years.

“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 Minister Balser. “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.”

This year, the Province can approve a total of 5,430 applicants, up from 3,857 in 2021, to settle in Nova Scotia with their families.

This includes:

- An increase of 400 nomination spaces in the Provincial Nominee Program, 17 percent more than last year
- An increase of 1,173 endorsement spaces in the Atlantic Immigration Program, 75 percent more than last year.

Both of the Province’s economic immigration programs, the Provincial Nominee Program and the Atlantic Immigration Program, are available to people who fill Nova Scotian employers’ labor needs and want a pathway to permanent residency.
There are nine established streams under the Provincial Nominee Program, providing options for potential immigrants depending on their work experience, skills, and occupation.

The Atlantic Immigration Program, introduced in 2017 as a pilot program to help employers recruit skilled foreign workers and international graduates to meet labor needs, became a permanent program on January 1, 2022

Budget 2022-23 included an additional $1 million for immigration and population growth marketing campaigns; $895,000 more for six new navigators and four new program officers to support newcomer arrivals and immigration programs; and $1.4 million more for settlement services in communities across Nova Scotia