The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has been granted an additional 300 spaces for its Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), bringing the total annual allocation cap for the NSNP to 1,350. The news follows extensive lobbying of the federal government by the government of Nova Scotia.
“I get it, I get it,” said Federal Immigration Minister John McCallum during a speech to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce in Nova Scotia. “And I agreed on the 300 after a couple of weekend conversations with the premier [Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia].”
“Nova Scotia, because of its aging population, is desperate for immigrants . . . So what we are hoping to do in the time between now and the fall is to hold these discussions, for me to be able to generate large numbers of immigrants overall and for me to be able to agree to Nova Scotia to receive significantly more . . But we’re not there yet, we’re in the early stages.”