In 2019, Nova Scotia had a record level of immigration, claiming to target workers in specific branches.
As of Dec. 27, the Office of Immigration had approved 2,780 applications from workers in key sectors, including health care. That’s up 21 percent compared to 2018 and a more than 300 percent increase from 2013.
Since 2018, 52 physicians (33 family doctors and 19 specialists) and 184 continuing care assistants have been approved to come to the province through various immigration programs.
As a result, the province’s population is at an all-time high and only getting younger, while filling persistent labour needs, according to Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab.
The Office of Immigration works closely across government and with employers to identify labour needs, develop programs to target those professions and streamline the immigration process.
Health Minister Randy Delorey says he is encouraged by the success of working with immigration to support the recruitment of health professionals.
Nova Scotia’s retention rate remains at 71 percent – the highest in the region.
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