SUDBURY – Through Regional Development Agencies, such as FedNor, the Government of Canada announced it is helping communities across the country attract skilled newcomers that match employer needs, leading to enhanced productivity, economic growth and further job creation. A highly skilled workforce is key to the growth of Canadian businesses and a strong national economy. Immigration continues to play an important role in addressing Canada’s skill and labour needs, while helping to attract investment capital.
Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, and Marc G. Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, today announced a Government of Canada investment of $480,746 to enable the City of Greater Sudbury to implement the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) in the Sudbury and Nickel Belt regions.
Provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, the funding will enable the City of Greater Sudbury to hire a Business Development Officer and a Technical Coordinator to support outreach and education activities with employers regarding immigration pathways available to fill employment gaps. In addition, the initiative will support employer diversity readiness training, promotion of in-demand jobs to newcomers, and the development of a workforce and settlement strategy.
Designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities, RNIP supports permanent residence for skilled foreign workers wanting to relocate to a participating community. The City of Sudbury is one of the 11 successful applicant communities across Canada selected to participate in this five-year economic pilot program, which runs until 2025.
“Attracting immigrant skilled workers is an integral part of our government’s Innovation and Skills Plan and will be fundamental to Canada’s economic recovery. Through our continued investments in Regional Development Agencies, like FedNor, we are helping our business and community partners adapt to the social and economic realities of today while preparing for the economy of the future.”– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedNor
The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program (NODP), which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, diversification and business growth. Since 2015, FedNor has provided more than $183 million in NODP funding to support 487 projects, which helped create and maintain more than 8,400 jobs in communities and First Nations across Northern Ontario.
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