Small Canadian Cities Eager to Attract More Newcomers
Canada desires more immigrants, relatively because of the aging population, so it needs more young individuals to keep up the economy. In fact, the government wants the number of immigrants evenly across the country.
In 2015, more than three-quarters of new immigrants settled in 7 cities: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Winnipeg.
However, the government of Canada is looking forward to change that and provinces are supporting this change.
“Of the larger provinces, in 2015 new immigrants generally settled in urban areas:
- In British Columbia, 88.6% of immigrants settled in Vancouver, Victoria, or Abbotsford-Mission.
- In Alberta, 84.8% of immigrants settled in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, or Lethbridge.
- In Saskatchewan, 67.3% of immigrants settled in Regina or Saskatoon.
- In Manitoba, 83.2% of immigrants settled in Winnipeg.
- In Ontario, 94.2% of immigrants settled in Toronto, Ottawa-Gatineau, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, or Windsor.
- In Quebec, 91.6% of immigrants settled in Montreal, Quebec City, or Trois-Rivières.”
The Federal and Provincial governments consider that these patterns of settlement are the reason for the increase the prices of properties, for demographic challenges and for unsatisfied labour market needs.
Consequently, in the beginning of this year, as part of Atlantic Growth Strategy, the Atlantic Provinces introduced a “new pilot program”. This is to ensure that more immigrants come and settle through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
Another notable example is the efforts put forwards by a small city in Manitoba, Morden, to welcome more immigrants to live there. The Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative (MCDII) has been successful by encouraging more immigrants to come to Pembina Valley community for good quality of life and for jobs.
The criteria for selecting potential individuals under this initiative are different than what issued by the federal government. The MCDII supports individuals with community connections, and other candidates who are not eligible for other federal programs, have potential to be accepted by MCDII under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).
Therefore, Atlantic Provinces and Morden city set forward initiatives to be followed by other provinces and communities, cities and towns, to welcome more immigrants to satisfy labour market needs and improve Canada’s demography.
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