Northern Ontario will target 1500 overseas workers through a new immigration pilot program to cater to the labor needs in the region. This has been revealed by the Northern Policy Institute.
The Government of Ontario has approved the fresh immigration pilot program. It will be promoted by an autonomous think tank for issues in Northern Ontario NPI. The proposed Ontario Remote and Rural Pilot is based on the existing immigration programs. These include national-provincial Immigration Pilot Atlantic and Community Driven Modern Initiative Manitoba.
CEO and President of NPI Charles Cirtwill said that the rural and remote regions of Ontario are in need of an immigration program. This is to cater to the decline in population and constant shortages of labor, as quoted by the CIC News. The forthcoming weeks are crucial for the pilot plan, he added.
The national government and leaders of northern region are progressing in the right direction said Cirtwill. The upcoming election in the province is a chance to examine if the leaders in the province are also on the same page.
The Government of Canada has beforehand expressed its inclination to collaborate with Northern Ontario partners on a pilot immigration program similar to AIP. The 4 Atlantic Provinces in Canada link designated firms in the region with overseas workers through AIP. It is also applicable to freshly graduated university students in the region.
Navdeep Bains Industry, Innovation and Economic Development Minister of Canada explicitly referred to AIP. He said that this program is a model for enhancing immigration levels in the region. This is through the latest Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario by the Federal Government. The pilot program will also have a separate allotment for nomination similar to the AIP.