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‘Significant moment’ as Nova Scotia’s population surpasses 1 million

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Nova Scotia’s population has surpassed one million people — a milestone the province says was driven by immigration.

According to a release from the province, there has been record growth since July 2021. The province also boasts a 71 per cent immigrant retention rate, making it the highest in Atlantic Canada.

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In a statement, Premier Tim Houston called it a “significant moment” in the province’s history.

“After years of a declining population, the world is learning how special Nova Scotia is; we have momentum and are growing,” he said in part.

“More people make us stronger in every way. We all benefit from this growth with a greater tax base, new businesses and jobs, greater diversity and culture and improved infrastructure.”

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The province noted a key priority has been economic growth, and that government has been working to attract and retain more young people, entrepreneurs and skilled workers.

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In 2020, the top five countries for landed new comers to Nova Scotia were India, China, the Philippines, Korea and the United Kingdom.

The next goal — two million people.

In order to reach that milestone by 2060, the province will have to attract 25,000 newcomers through a combination of migration from other parts of Canada and “strategic immigration efforts.”

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