Immigrants will be able to take time off from work to attend their citizenship ceremony, thanks to legislation introduced today, Nov. 28. “Nova Scotia’s immigrants greatly contribute to the province’s economy and its communities,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Creating a welcoming environment that encourages immigrants to move, settle, and make a life in Nova Scotia is key to the province’s immigration strategy.” The legislation will create an unpaid leave of up to one day under the Labour Standards Code that will protect a person’s employment while attending their citizenship ceremony. Between 800 and 1,000 people in Nova Scotia become Canadian citizens every year. Response to a discussion paper issued last October indicated support for a citizenship ceremony leave.