Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Government of Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

September 19, 2007 09:27 ET

Canada and Nova Scotia Sign New Immigration Agreement

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 19, 2007) - A new immigration agreement between the federal and provincial governments will make it easier to attract more skilled international workers to Nova Scotia.

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and the Honourable Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Immigration for Nova Scotia, signed the first ever Agreement for Canada-Nova Scotia Co-operation on Immigration, which includes a renewal of the Provincial Nominee Program, during a ceremony today, September 19, at Pier 21.

"Canada's New Government is proud to make this long-term commitment to Nova Scotia," said Minister Finley. "We want to help Nova Scotia grow economically by attracting new immigrants. Today's agreement will help Nova Scotia share in the benefits of immigration to Canada, and will make our shared immigration programs more responsive to Nova Scotia's unique needs."

"This cooperation agreement builds on an existing positive relationship with federal immigration authorities," said Ms. Bolivar Getson. "Changes to the nominee program such as the removal of the restrictions on the number of individuals we're able to nominate, and making it easier and faster for temporary foreign workers to enter Nova Scotia, are just two of the areas that will make our province more attractive to immigrants and help Nova Scotia businesses meet their labour market needs."

Through the nominee program, the province nominates individuals for acceptance to Canada based on several categories including skilled worker, family business worker, community identified, and international graduate.

The new agreement means:

- Enhanced cooperation between Canada and Nova Scotia in overseas immigration marketing initiatives, including bringing temporary foreign workers and students to the province.

- Nova Scotia will be able to nominate more immigrants possessing the skills needed in the province, for quicker processing by the federal government.

- Nova Scotia will be able to address particular social, demographic, economic development and labour market needs.

- Nova Scotia and Canada will collaborate on information sharing, developing and implementing strategies to better integrate immigrants into the labour market, including the recognition of qualifications.

The agreement formalizes and builds on the existing collaborative relationship between Canada and Nova Scotia on immigration matters, including the delivery of settlement and integration services. It also recognizes the importance of involving community stakeholders, including service providers, municipalities and the private sector, in welcoming newcomers.

Attracting more immigrants to Nova Scotia will help to counter declining population trends in communities and provide skilled workers who can meet the labour market needs of Nova Scotia businesses.

For an electronic copy of the agreements signed today, please visit www.cic.gc.ca or www.novascotiaimmigration.com.

Contact Information

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    Government of Canada
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Office of the Minister
    Tim Vail, Press Secretary
    613-954-1064
    or
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Jon Stone
    Director, Communications - Atlantic Region
    902-426-1419
    or
    Government of Nova Scotia
    Nova Scotia Office of Immigration
    Mary Anna Jollymore
    Director, Communications
    902-424-3742