New communities named under Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
The Government of Canada has named 11 Canadian communities that have been selected to take part in its new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.
The pilot is designed to help smaller rural and remote communities attract foreign workers of various skill levels and provide them with permanent residence.
The pilot’s goal is to help these communities counter labour market shortages caused by declining birth rates, rising retirement rates and the out-migration of youth to more populated areas of Canada.
The 11 communities named are located in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia
- Thunder Bay
- Sault Ste. Marie
- North Bay
- Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee
- Moose Jaw
- West Kootenay
IRCC said the 11 communities were selected based on their economic needs and the presence of resources and community partners required to administer the pilot and will serve as “a blueprint for the rest of the country.”
Each community will work with a local economic development organization to recruit and assess immigration candidates based on local economic needs and job openings and endorse the selected candidates for permanent residence.
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