Census figures show the Atlantic provinces have seen a large influx of immigrants

The latest version of 2021 Census data from Statistics Canada shows that the proportion of recent immigrants settling in Atlantic Canada has almost tripled in 15 years.

The share of immigrants to Canada moving to the Atlantic region rose to 3.5% last year from 1.2% in 2006.

The figures show that Nova Scotia is the most popular province, followed by New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Canada is experiencing the fastest population growth since 1957, driven mainly by immigration, according to StatCan

The largest proportion of people come from India, followed by the Philippines and China.

While Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have become centers of attraction, they are also facing challenges such as housing shortages and health care.

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Jeffrey Reitz of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy says the real challenge for the region is retaining people who choose to land there.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 26, 2022.

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