Canada has launched a new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot to help bring new skilled worker immigrants to smaller communities.
The five-year federal immigration pilot is designed to boost smaller communities with aging populations and labour shortages, which struggle to attract and retain new immigrants.
It is intended to build on the growing success of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, an initiative aimed at establishing more young, skilled immigrants in the four Atlantic provinces.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot will be open to all other Canadian provinces outside the Atlantic region, excluding Quebec, which manages its own economic immigration programs.
Provinces and Territories Covered by The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
- British Columbia
- Northwest Territories
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The program requires communities in the above provinces to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to be included.
A government of Canada policy position states: “Interested communities must work with a local economic development organization to submit an application, demonstrating how they meet the eligibility criteria and how immigration will promote economic development in their community.”
Smaller communities, particularly those in Northern Ontario, have appealed to the federal government for a program similar to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot to help bring in new immigrants.
Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says the pilot is designed to help the economies in those communities.
“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,” Hussen said.
Interested communities who meet requirements (see below) have until March 1, 2019, to submit an application to the federal government.
Communities selected will be announced in spring 2019, with the identification of new permanent resident candidates to start in summer 2019.
Ottawa has not confirmed if the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot will be subject to a quota.
The 2018, the nomination quota for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot was set at 2,500 workers.
Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: Community Requirements
- Have a population of 50,000 or less and be located at least 75km from the core of a Census Metropolitan Area, OR
- Have a population of up to 200,000 people and be considered remote from other larger cities, according to the Statistics Canada Remoteness Index.
- Be in:
- British Columbia
- Northwest Territories
- Have job opportunities.
- Have an economic development plan.
- Have a local economic development organization that can manage the pilot for your community
- Help settle new immigrants in the community by having or developing:
- Relationships with local or regional immigrant-serving organizations
- Opportunities to connect newcomers with established members of the community
- Access to key services like
- Health care
- Communities must also have letters of support from:
- The municipality (local leaders) AND
- A local or regional immigrant-serving organization.
How Communities Apply to The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
A completed application includes:
- Community Interest Form (available on the federal government website).
- An economic development plan was written in the last 3 years.
- A letter of support from a municipal leader
- A letter of support from a local or regional immigrant-serving organization
Optionally, the application might also include:
- Letters of support from:
- Major employers.
- Community members.
- Demographic and economic data.
The Economic Development Organization must complete the application, with a deadline of March 1, 2019.
What Is A Local Economic Development Organization?
An economic development organization has:
- Economic development central to its mandate.
- Economic development or strategic plan, or falls under a broader plan.
- Available resources to participate in the pilot
- Community futures organization.
- Chamber of commerce.
- Other independent or not-for-profit economic development organization.
- Hybrid organization of a municipality with an independent board of directors made up of community stakeholders.
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