There are more Nova Scotians than ever before.
The province says our population has reached an all-time high and is getting younger as 2019 was another record-breaking year for immigration.
The Office of Immigration approved 2,780 applications as of Dec. 27, which is a 21 per cent increase over 2018 and up more than 300 per cent over 2013.
The province says it is targeting workers in sectors with the greatest need, filling persistent labour needs in key sectors, including health care.
According to the province, since 2018, 52 physicians (33 family doctors and 19 specialists) and 184 continuing care assistants have been approved to come to the province through various immigration programs.
"We are encouraged by the success we are seeing by working with immigration to support the recruitment of health professionals," said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey in a news release.
"Building on this success and with input from foreign-trained doctors, we created a second pathway this year to accelerate permanent residency for doctors."