July 2019
Consultations Open for Proposed Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot

2019-07-18 10:52:05 AM

Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade is proposing a regional immigration pilot that would bring skilled foreign workers to rural and smaller communities to the province in 2020. This pilot would be administered by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

Consultations are now open in select communities to look into interest to the proposed pilot and to “gather information about existing community immigrant attraction and retention efforts.”

While the selected communities are not named, the communities are described as:

  • A geographically and culturally diverse sample;

  • A target population of 20,000 to 200,000 people;

  • Presence of newcomer settlement infrastructures (such as language and settlement services); and

  • “Economic characteristics” (it is not yet clear what economic characteristics exactly includes).

This pilot is proposed partly due to the recognition that many rural and smaller municipalities across the country are facing an ageing population and the outflow of younger, working-age residents to larger cities.

For more information, please see below:

2019 Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Updates

CIC News: Community consultations underway for proposed Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot


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