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Population growth has been positive for Nova Scotia. The mix of sources needs to be managed. – Bill Black

Nova Scotia’s population grew by 30,750 residents in the twelve months ending September 30th. That robust number conceals worrying trends.

The rate of growth was lower than the country as a whole, and dropped Nova Scotia to sixth among the provinces.

In recent years the primary sources of growth were international immigrants who have been granted permanent residence status, and net-positive migrations from other provinces, especially Ontario.

Immigrants to Nova Scotia in the third quarter of 2023 were 33% below 2022, while Canada as a whole was down 15%. Net interprovincial migration dropped from 2,211 in the third quarter of 2022 to negative 16 in the same quarter in 2023. …[Continue Reading]