The communities of Ontario’s Northern Regions have come up with the “Come North” initiative. The motive behind this initiative is to help their population growth in rural and Northern Ontario.
The short and long-term plans for the population growth in this region include the 10-point action plan. This plan was released last January.
There are acute labor shortages in Northern Ontario, along with an aging population. These problems forced 300 people from 100 different bodies to meet twice. The two conferences were all about addressing the issue concerning the people of Northern Ontario.
The discussion was about finding ways to make immigrants feel welcome in their communities. The first conference was in Temiskaming Shores, and the second was in Thunder Bay.
They came to three primary conclusions from the two conferences:
- Work together as a team.
- Develop a brand and a plan.
- Update the plan once every year.
It is crucial to come up with ideas that will help newcomers feel more welcome in Northern Ontario. This idea should also apply to the current residents of the region.
Another factor to consider is to combat racism. Those combatting racism and those promoting immigration should work together with the immigrants.
This idea will help to reduce racism and encourage reunion with all the original people.
Both the conferences were before the recent global pandemic. The adverse effects of the pandemic boosted the need to address the problem related to the population. It was also helpful in welcoming more newcomers to help in the recovery process of the economy.
Resettle In the Rural Regions of Ontario
Those who wish to relocate to the rural regions of Ontario have two options to choose from:
- The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
- The Rural and Northern Immigration Program (RNIP)
Ontario recently sent out 1,186 invitations to Express Entry (EE) applicants. This was the first Tech Draw for this year through the OINP.
The OINP lets three categories of candidates apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence:
- International students
- Skilled workers
- Other foreign people
Ontario also has a Regional Immigration Pilot program. This focuses on increasing the count of immigration to the province’s rural communities. This pilot works under the Employer Job Offer streams of OINP.
To certify for any one of these streams, you will require a full-time job offer. This job offer needs to be from an employer from any one of the eligible communities. In 2021, there are a total of 150 available nominations.
The RNIP is a federal immigration program. It primarily works with remote and small communities in Canada. 11 communities are presently engaging in the RNIP. Some of these include:
- North Bay
- Thunder Bay
- Sault Ste. Marie
If you wish to relocate to any one of these suitable communities:
- You should have a recommendation from any of these communities.
- You should have a graduation certificate from a post-secondary institution in a community. If this is not possible, you may also have one year of regular work experience in the last three years.
- It would help if you had a job offer from any employer from the community.
- Fulfill the language needs.
- It would be best if you were financially stable enough to settle and support your own family.
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