Nault supports Canada’s new pilot immigration strategy for Northern and Rural communities

Kenora MP Bob Nault
Kenora MP Bob Nault

“Every municipality in the riding is eligible to take advantage of this new pilot program.” Nault

KENORA – Bob Nault, Member of Parliament (Kenora riding) released the following statement in support of the new Pilot Immigration Project targeted specifically to rural and northern communities:

The North Western Ontario Local Immigration Partnership will host the 11th Annual Immigration Forum on February 4-5 2019 – The Event will be Livestreamed on NetNewsLedger.

“It’s great to see that the Government of Canada commit to supporting immigration strategies that will now allow smaller rural and northern communities welcome newcomers to the Kenora riding to help build and create a larger and more diversified economy in the North,” stated Nault. “This will benefit our communities and businesses in the riding.”

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, announced the Rural and Northern Immigration strategy, in Sudbury Ontario. The five-year federal immigration pilot project will work with communities and provincial and territorial governments to help communities gain access to a wide range of support in order to help newcomers settle in their new surroundings and become part of the local community.

This economic immigration pilot is aimed at testing new, community-driven approaches to address the diverse labour market needs of smaller communities. This initiative builds on the success of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot that was launched in March 2017 to help drive economic growth in Atlantic Canada.

“I strongly encourage local municipal leaders and organizations throughout the riding to take advantage of this new pilot program,” concluded Nault.  “It goes without saying, that since the beginning of Confederation, immigrants from countries throughout the world played a significant role to help make Canada the most livable country in the world today.”

Quick Facts:

  • Click here to find out if your community is eligible to apply.
  • Interested communities have until March 1, 2019 to submit a complete application.
  • Communities must work with a local economic development organization to submit an application, and demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria and how immigration will promote economic development in their community.
  • Selected communities will be announced in spring 2019.
  • IRCC will work with selected communities to position them to begin identifying candidates for permanent residence in summer 2019.
  • The Atlantic Immigration Pilot was launched in March 2017 as part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The four Atlantic provinces are able to nominate up to 2,500 workers in 2018 under that pilot to meet labour market needs in the region.

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