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International Graduates in Demand - Nova Scotia wants you!

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

Canada, the world’s second largest country, has a population of not quite 40 million people. Long a home of over 50 tribal peoples, the growth of Canada’s population for 150 years has been through new immigration - for the last many, many years at a percentage of population that leads the world's countries.

WIth half of new immigrants focussing on Ontario and especially Toronto, Canada has had to develop special policies to attract people to the many other fast-growing parts of the country. Often, students and new immigrants are not aware that many other parts of Canada have even greater opportunities than Toronto or indeed, other advantages like less big city stresses of pollution, traffic or others.

One of the prominent strategies Canada and its 10 Provinces use is by giving special programs for international students who study and settle in these regions so that they have a better and faster chance of becoming Permanent Residents (PR).. These are called Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The Province of Nova Scotia has long negotiated with the Canadian federal government to make sure it is a the front of the line to offer students these opportunities. In Nova Scotia, this is know as the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP).

In April, 2021, Nova Scotia announced a new International Graduates in Demand program as part of the NSNP in order to help fill employment opportunities in the Province. Now Nova Scotia has announced new streams under this program in continuing care and early childhood education. There are fast-growing opportunities as part of the population is aging and another part is very young. This program is expected to continue for at least three years and the Province will continue to announce new areas for international students to qualify.

According to recent coverage in the Toronto Star (June 30, 2021)

"In 2019, Nova Scotia had a record year for immigration, having welcomed 7,580 newcomers, up from 5,970 in 2018. According to the province, Nova Scotia’s current immigrant retention rate is 71 per cent, the highest in Atlantic Canada." See the Toronto Star coverage here

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