The Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, has announced a new immigration pilot program for 11 select rural communities in Canada. This new program comes following frequent calls from smaller towns and communities across Canada where population is in decline and skilled workers are badly needed, for assistance from Ottawto help them attract new immigrant workers.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program that will give rural employers the ability to directly select immigrants to hire in their businesses, and will also give immigrants the ability to choose one of the 11 communities to make their permanent residence. It is expected that the program will function similarly to the recently-implemented, and highly successful, Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program – which has resulted in increased job placement for newcomers as well as increased immigrant retention rates for the maritime provinces.
The communities selected for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) are:
- Thunder Bay,
- Timmins and
- North Bay, Ont.
- Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee
- Moose Jaw
- West Kootenay
Details of the RINP will follow. Stay tuned for more information.