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    Posted: May/09/2011 at 10:10am

Doubling newcomers in N.S.

The province released a strategy to attract 7,200 new immigrants

Staff writer


Nova Scotia wants to double the immigrant faces brought to the province each year by 2020.

Premier Darrell Dexter released the “Welcome Home to Nova Scotia” strategy to bring 7,200 new immigrants by 2020 or double the province’s goal.

A goal is to achieve a 70 per cent retention rate.

“It will compliment jobs here by targeting international workers with the technical skills and international contacts the province needs to become more innovative, productive and competitive,” Dexter said in a statement.

“It will ensure potential immigrants understand they are welcome and valued in Nova Scotia and that this province wants them to stay and build a life here.”

The strategy will also see the government work closely with employers, community organizations and labour to attract newcomers with skills most needed, added Immigration minister Marilyn More.

“By focusing on attracting immigrants with the right skills and experience, this new strategy will make our immigration programs more responsive to employers’ needs,” More said.

“Equally important, it will mean that new immigrants will be more likely to succeed and stay in Nova Scotia, strengthening both our economy and our communities.”

The new strategy will also:

  • provide critical employment information about credential recognition and settlement information, to help immigrants plan for working and living in Nova Scotia before they arrive
  • improve settlement programs such as extending immigrant navigator services to all regions of the province
  • ensure easier and quicker recruiting of temporary foreign workers for employers 
  • provide more protections for temporary foreign workers, and enhance programs that encourage them to make Nova Scotia their permanent home 
  • allow for strategic marketing to attract immigrants from around the world and international graduates already here in Canada
  • establish a formal and ongoing evaluation of the nominee program to ensure accountability for immigrants, employers and taxpayers
(Courtesy of http://www.canadianimmigrant.ca/learn/newsitems/article/8418)
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