Nova Scotia Immigration by Country

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From 2000 to 2015, 3,993,035 permanent residents landed in Canada.




During this period, Nova Scotia was the province of choice of 0.9% of Canada’s immigrants.

Annual immigration to Nova Scotia*
Total Percentage**
2000 1,610 0.7%
2001 1,695 0.7%
2002 1,420 0.6%
2003 1,475 0.7%
2004 1,775 0.8%
2005 1,930 0.7%
2006 2,585 1.0%
2007 2,525 1.1%
2008 2,650 1.1%
2009 2,390 0.9%
2010 2,395 0.9%
2011 2,135 0.9%
2012 2,340 0.9%
2013 2,525 1.0%
2014 2,670 1.0%
2015 3,405 1.3%
Total 35,525 0.9%
*Intended Destination
**Nova Scotia’s share of Canada’s immigration
Source: Government of Canada

During this period, immigrants to Nova Scotia came from more than 125 countries2.

The top ten source countries of newcomers to Nova Scotia were the UK (10%), China (8%), USA (7%), the Philippines (7%), India (6%), Iran (5%), Egypt (4%), Jordan, Israel and Germany (3% each).

With regard to these source countries, the annual number of immigrants from the Philippines, India and Israel increased substantially in the past three years.

In 2011, according to the National Household Survey, 48,245 foreign-born people3 resided in Nova Scotia.

2 Country of Citizenship

3 People born outside Canada

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