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Nova Scotia Migration

Changes in population from migration and immigration

Positive international immigration added to gains from to inter-provincial migration, resulting in a net increase of 6,708 people to Nova Scotia’s population in the second quarter of 2021. This resulted in the highest quarterly increase for population in the province on record.

Changes in population from movement within Canada

Some 9,263 people moved to Nova Scotia from other provinces in the second quarter of 2021. This was up 55.5% from a year earlier. More people came to Nova Scotia from Ontario compared to a year earlier.

A total of 4,585 people left the province for elsewhere in Canada in the second quarter, an increase of 12.6% from the same period in 2020.

The result was a net gain of 4,678 people to Nova Scotia’s population in the second quarter. This was an increase of 148% from the second quarter of 2020.

Changes in population from immigration

International immigration added 2,030 people to Nova Scotia’s population in the second quarter of 2021. This was an increase of 55.6% from the same period in 2020.