Nova Scotia’s plan aims to increase the number of French-speaking immigrants to support the existing francophone communities.
Last week Nova Scotia launched its new francophone immigration action plan. The report, Growing Nova Scotia’s Francophone Population – An Action Plan for Success (2022-25), outlines the province’s strategy for growing the population of French speakers.
According to census 2021 data on languages, more than 30,000 people in Nova Scotia report speaking French as their first language.
Increasing Nova Scotia’s population
Based on the recently released Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025, Canada hopes to welcome up to 500,000 new permanent residents a year by 2025.
Nova Scotia is seeking a share of the increase. In 2021 the population has grown to over one million people for the first time in its history, and the province hopes to double it by 2060. The high population growth is due almost entirely to increased immigration, both from abroad and on an interprovincial level.