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New immigration programs in rural and northern Canada

New immigration programs are connecting immigrants to opportunities beyond the big cities. 

Canada is committed to supporting immigration strategies that will enable smaller communities to enhance their economic, social and demographic vitality.

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, announced the creation of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, a five-year federal immigration pilot involving communities and selected provincial and territorial governments that works to help participating communities gain access to a range of support to help newcomers settle in as part of the local community.

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

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot will complement other economic immigration initiatives, including the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and the Provincial Nominee Program. It will also provide an opportunity for IRCC to support the Government of Canada’s commitment to support the vitality of Francophone communities outside Quebec.

“Immigration is a central pillar of Canada’s economic success,” said Hussen. “The economic and social benefits of immigration are apparent in communities across Canada. By creating an immigration pilot aimed at rural and northern communities, we’re looking to ensure that the benefits of immigration are shared across the country.”

“This Pilot will support the economic development of smaller communities by testing new, community-driven approaches to address their diverse labour market needs,” said Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development Canada. A few quick facts:

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.

Under the Canada-Quebec Accord, the Government of Quebec has the authority to select economic permanent residents destined for Quebec.

“Communities throughout rural and northern Canada are important to the growth and prosperity of our country,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “Regional economic development is a priority of our government, and we will continue to seek out innovative solutions like this pilot project to help our economy grow for all Canadians.” 

Posted: Mar 1, 2019

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