Nova Scotia

N.S. court okays $30M immigration settlement

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has approved a settlement stemming from the province's failed immigration mentorship program.

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has approved an almost $30 million settlement stemming from the province's failed immigration mentorship program.

In July, the province's Office of Immigration announced a tentative settlement that offered about 300 immigrants up to $75,000 each in compensation.

A proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in December 2009 on behalf of Peter King, who moved to Halifax from the United Kingdom in April 2006 and paid more than $100,000 to participate in the program.

Immigrants were supposed to get on-the-job training with an approved mentor company, but a statement of claim alleges King applied unsuccessfully for a number of jobs before he moved to British Columbia to find work.

The provincial government has already paid out about $38 million in refunds to immigrants, but a clause in the settlement says that if more than 50 people opt out, the government won't proceed.

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