Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Population Hits Record High, Thanks Mostly to Immigration

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Population Hits Record High, Thanks Mostly to Immigration

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Nova Scotia population hits record high

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's population is the highest it has ever been, with Ottawa attributing the increase mainly to new immigrants, including Syrian refugees.

A new report from Statistics Canada released Thursday said the province's population has increased by about 4,900 people since April 2015, bringing its total population to about 947,000.

The Quarterly Demographic Estimates report said 1,460 people arrived in the province from Jan. 1 to April 1.

Nova Scotia has struggled to grow its population in recent years due to outmigration and an aging population.

The report said the increase in Nova Scotia was mainly driven by international migration.

It said Nova Scotia's natural population change -- the number of births and the number of deaths -- continues to decline, with 2,005 births and 2,543 deaths. …

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