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Elizabeth Mills: Skilled Workers

Provincial Nominee Programs Dept: Elizabeth Mills, executive director in the provincial Office of Immigration, said Nova Scotia had fared well in attracting people through the federal skilled worker program, but she added Wednesday that the numbers have declined in the last couple of years, according to The Chronicle Herald. Mills said provincial nominee programs grew over the last decade, reducing room for federal skilled workers to get into Canada. Some have been waiting for four years or more, she said and the province has offered to help Ottawa ease the backlog in immigration applications in hopes that some of those people will settle here. That is a result of limits Ottawa put on the number of immigrants into the country. ( As reported in the news.