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Nova Scotia’s population is suddenly booming. Can the province handle it?

Growth over past year has been fastest on record since 1951

Indeed, they were far from alone. Nova Scotia’s population has surged in the past few years, driven largely by immigration and people moving here from other provinces.

The shift has been relatively sudden and somewhat surprising after about two decades of stagnant or even decreasing population figures and dire warnings about the province being on the brink of an extended period of decline.

Since 2015, Nova Scotia has added nearly 111,000 new residents — or more than 10 per cent of the current population, which as of April 1, 2023, was 1,047,232. Growth over the past year has been the fastest on record since 1951.

The boom has resulted in benefits, such as greater diversity, economic growth and stronger rural communities, but it has also posed challenges. …[Continue Reading]