The Trudeau Liberals Think Your Community Needs More Diversity, So They're Flooding it with Migrants
The federal government has picked 11 communities from across Canada to kick off a new pilot program aimed at attracting immigrants to rural and northern communities.
The goal of the program is to bring newcomers to regions confronting severe labour shortages due to a youth exodus, declining birth rate and aging population.
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen is making a formal announcement today in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
"The equation is quite simple. Attracting and retaining newcomers with the needed skills equals a recipe for success for Canada's rural and northern communities," he said in a news release. "We have tested a similar immigration pilot in Atlantic Canada and it has already shown tremendous results for both newcomers and Canadians."
The selected communities are:
Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
North Bay, Ont.
Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee, Man.
Moose Jaw, Sask.
West Kootenay region of B.C.
The government will begin working with communities this summer to help them identify candidates for permanent residence as early as this fall. The first newcomers under the pilot are expected to arrive in 2020.