The government of Canada has established a program to solve labor shortages in the country. The country has foreseen the danger of an aging population and has developed mechanisms to address the challenges before they become a disaster. The federal government launched the Rural and Northern Immigration pilot at the end of the year 2018.

The Rural and Northern Immigration pilot aims at providing permanent residence to skilled foreigners to help fix the job market. The program targets communities from Northern British Columbia. The small communities from the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba are set to benefit from the program and will be tasked with attracting immigrants into their regions.

The program is set to provide benefits in many ways. One of the benefits will be the creation of peaceful coexistence of the immigrants and the local communities. The program will also help in the promotion of economic development in Canadian communities and fast track the process of facilitating skilled immigrants have a permanent residence in Canada.

Criteria for admission into the program

The community wishing to participate in the piloting must have a population of fewer than fifty thousand people and locate at least seventy-five kilometers from the nearest urban center. The community is also eligible to participate if it lives in a town with less than two hundred thousand people and has qualities that resemble that of a remote area.

The community willing to participate in this pilot program must work in collaboration with the local economic development organization in the area. The economic development organization is mandated to apply on behalf of the community. For the application to be considered, the municipal leader and the local or the regional immigrant-serving organization must support it.

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