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Immigration Pilot to be Explained

By Randy Thoms Jan 3, 2023 | 8:23 AM

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More will be learned about the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot project next week.

The project that aims to help bring immigrants to the region was initially set up two years ago for the Thunder Bay area only.

The federal government extended the pilot last year to include other parts of northwestern Ontario, including the Rainy River District.

Next week, officials with the project and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will be in Fort Frances, Emo and Rainy River to explain how the program works.

Speaking last month at the town’s Economic Development Executive Committee, Geoff Gillon of the Rainy River Future

Development Corporation hoped it would be attractive to area business owners.

“To get first-hand knowledge of how they work with immigrants to bring them into the community and make them feel at home,” said Gillon.

Many sectors have been struggling with labour shortages for the past year.

Gillon sees a big push on immigration in the coming years as a solution.

“Especially with the expanded immigration pilot, which gives a little bit of assistance and support from the pilot in Thunder Bay.”

Gillon says there have been struggles by some businesses in the past to bring immigrants to the area.

The first session will take place in Fort Frances on January 11 at the Super 8 Motel beginning at 6 p.m.

Other sessions are planned for Emo on January 12 at the Emo Inn beginning 9 a.m. and Rainy River on January 12 at the Rainy River Medical Clinic (lower level) at 3 p.m.

Those interested in any of the session are asked to pre-register.

To register for the event in Fort Frances, click here.

To register for the event in Emo, click here.

To register for the event in Rainy River, click here.



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