How does Canada plan to increase immigration to its remote areas?


Some rural communities in Northern British Columbia are facing an impending labour shortage. They are hoping that a newly launched immigration pilot will help fill in the skill gaps.

More than 75% of new immigrants to Canada choose to live in major cities like Toronto and Vancouver.

Kathleen Connolly, Exec. Director of Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce says that it is tough to hire people for the northern areas. These areas are very cold and remote. Hence, not many people choose to work here. However, the current population in these areas is ageing. This has created an employment gap which is necessary to be filled.

Canada plans to increase immigration to its remote areas through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. The program plans to encourage communities to settle in areas like Dawson Creek, Prince George, and Terrace.

This program is launching in a few communities across Canada. The pilot outlines certain size criteria and development plans for these communities.

Walt Cobb, Mayor of Williams Lake, emphasized that there are a number of jobs available across various sectors in Northern BC. He says that the area has jobs which can’t be filled.

Not just entry-level jobs, there is a shortage of workers in almost all industries. From mining to forestry, from tourism to medical, every sector is short of workers, as per CBC News.

Participants in this program will be selected after the Govt. reviews the community’s need for immigration. It will also review how well it would be able to support newcomers.

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