President and Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Policy Institute, Charles Cirtwill, provided new details of his vision for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program for the northern region, he also offered a detailed number of key issues that the above pilot program must address. He has been one of the head of the main organization who has been pushing for an immigration pilot for Northern Ontario ’s regions.
He further added, it is essential that the above pilot program must reflect the fact that labor needs are less in rural communities and they are different from urban centers. He also stated that, Canada’s National Occupation Classification gathers more than 30000 occupations as per the skill level and skill type. The above program must recognize the fact that labor needs in Northern Ontario can vary from community to community. It must also enable a broad range of foreign labor while placing a hard cap on anyone specific job classification.
Each year 1500 new immigrants
Answering the question, as to how many immigrants the proposed pilot program must welcome annually. He stated numerous regions that make up Northern Ontario require minimum 1500 new immigrants each year to have a sustainable mix of working age population to dependents (under 19 and above 65).
He further added the above target assumes full employment among the present residents as well. This number includes Northern Ontario’s Indigenous people too. To make sure each region covered by the pilot program receives its fair share of newcomers, the planners are required to establish sub-targets. By doing so, it will ensure the only beneficiaries of the above program are not Northern Ontario’s “Big Five” Communities. The other major key consideration includes the project’s duration as well as the need for proper monitoring and oversight. A minimum of 3 to 5 years will enable for the collection of “sound data”.
The Northern Policy institutes and others are keeping hope that Mr. Hussen and key members of Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) would approve a pilot program for Ontario’s rural and remote regions along the lines of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. During the last year, Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program was introduced to fill the skilled and semi-skilled labor shortages in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Minister Hussen added, presently his department is studying the possibility but at the same time, a better understanding of the specific needs of the region is also essential. He further stated, Just like in Atlantic Canada, if we are going to proceed with that, we wish to have a program, which are tailored as per the local needs of the region and that the above program must be designed by the stakeholders(in Northern Ontario).
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