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New blood gives region shot in the arm

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Another year, another record number of immigrants for Nova Scotia.

It’s great news that the province welcomed 7,580 new permanent residents to our shores last year, shattering its 2018 record of 5,970 newcomers. That’s about a 27 per cent increase.

Immigration — which has been setting records right across Atlantic Canada — helped drive Nova Scotia’s population to a high of 976,768 as of Oct. 1, 2019, according to Statistics Canada.

That’s important for a number of reasons.

Since Ottawa’s health transfers are based on population, more Nova Scotians means more federal health-care dollars for this province. That said, the funding formula remains unfair to Nova........

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