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According to numbers released by the government of Nova Scotia, the province is attracting newcomers in sectors with the most need, including healthcare and the skilled trades.


In 2023, 763 healthcare professionals and 244 construction professionals were among the 6,830 applicants approved through immigration programs for the year. This represents an 88.9 per cent increase in healthcare professionals and an 85.8 per cent increase in construction professionals compared with 2022.

Healthcare professionals supported through provincial immigration programs include 38 internationally trained doctors, up from 28 in 2022. Other healthcare positions that have been filled include continuing care assistant, laboratory specialist, licensed practical nurse, pharmacy technician and medical radiation technician.


“We’re very pleased to have attracted so many skilled professionals to Nova Scotia last year in fields where we need them most,” said Jill Balser, Minister of Labour, Skills and Immigration. “I am thankful they chose Nova Scotia as their new home and that Nova Scotians across the province continue to welcome and help them settle into their new lives and communities.”


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