Nova Scotia's provincial government on November 15 announced that the cap for the province's immigrant nominee program for this year has been recently increased by 200.
According to Premier Darrell Dexter's announcement, the federal government has agreed to give an additional 200 immigration nominees landing to Nova Scotia under this program, bringing the total quota for the province's Nominee Program from 500 to 700 in the year of 2012. This is the highest quota that the program has ever had.
"This means there is the potential for 200 more families to choose Nova Scotia as a place to call home, to lay roots and be part of the economy," said Premier Dexter.
Previously, the cap of 500 nominee places was not exhuasted. Since 2010, the year when the province was able to nominate the maximum number of applicants under the program for the first time, Nova Scotia has been pushing the federal government to increase the annual intake for its nominee immigration.
According to Marilyn More, the provincial minister responsible for Nova Scotia's Office of Immigration, the cap increase would help Nova Scotia address existing and expected labour shortages.
"Folks that come in through the nominee program tend to stay put in Nova Scotia more so than folks that come in through other channels. So an increase there is very important to businesses that are looking for employees to the province," Fred Morley, the executive vice-president and chief economist with the Greater Halifax Partnership, said.
Premier Dexter also added that province would continue to push for further increases for its Provincial Nominee Program. The provincial immigration strategy aims to double the number of immigrants to Nova Scotia by the year 2020, from the current 3,600 to 7,200 each year.
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