Small and rural communities stand to benefit from newcomers



    Connecting the right immigrants with the right locales...

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - A new Stats Canada study says opportunity
beckons for immigrants wanting to locate to Canada's small and rural
communities. The findings indicate that newcomers moving to less urbanized
areas experience a smaller initial income gap. The medium income gap in small
towns is 32% and only 20% in rural areas as opposed to 67% in very large urban
centres.
    According to Founder/Publisher of Canadian Immigrant, Naeem (Nick)
Noorani, small towns and rural communities need labour and it's time they
moved forward on encouraging newcomers to settle in their areas. After all,
not only is it a benefit to the towns, but the stats prove it's a good thing
for immigrants, too. Stats Can says that by their fourth year in Canada,
immigrants in small towns were earning 2% more than Canadians, while those in
large cities still earned 22% less.
    "Clearly, immigrants settling in smaller communities have more
opportunity to find jobs with higher incomes," says Noorani.
    Yet almost three-quarters of newcomers choose to land in the big three
cities: Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Noorani says new incentives could
make it easier to bring immigrants to smaller cities facing labour shortages.
    "These communities should be able to fast track immigrants waiting in
queue, along with would-be immigrants who are just below the point level, but
whose skills are needed, especially labourers who are in demand," says
Noorani. "I encourage mayors of smaller communities to work in tandem with
local Chambers of Commerce to identify employment opportunities and then call
on Citizenship and Immigration Canada to formalize a fast-track program for
smaller communities, over and above the existing provincial nominee programs.
Not only will the immigrants do better but the communities themselves stand to
gain."
    This proposal is very much in line with a similar program called
"Arranged Employment" where HRSDC- approved applicants can get 10 points with
an extra 5 points for adaptability to enter Canada if they have a genuine job
offer by a Canadian employer.
    And while it's against the Charter to force someone to stay in one town
if they want to move, Noorani suggests that once they lay down roots and
become part of the community, immigrants are likely to stay in the towns that
sponsored them. "Smaller cities are desperate to attract immigrants. These
newcomers will be key in sustaining local economies for years to come." For
more information please visit: <a href="http://www.canadianimmigrant.ca">www.canadianimmigrant.ca</a>
    Check out an exclusive web feature on immigrants succeeding in small
towns: "A different point of view" under "Settlement" on the navigation bar.





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