New immigration pilot to fill job vacancies
Job vacancies increase as immigrants opt to settle in big cities
More than 75% of newcomers to Canada prefer settling in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. And this makes those cities boom which leaves rural and northern cities to see a decline in their population. It means employers are struggling to fill up jobs ranging from doctors, engineers to cashiers, cafe workers, and more. Communities in Northern British Columbia are hoping a new federal immigration pilot will help them fill job vacancies.
Communities welcome newcomers
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has recently interviewed communities in Northen British Columbia for their approach to Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. The government of Canada revealed the program last month.
In his response whether if it’s a good idea to locate newcomers in those areas after the new program, Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb said his community would certainly benefit from immigration since “they have jobs, jobs, jobs that they cant fill”.
He also told about the skill sets of candidates that needed to fill those vacancies. The job openings are not just around entry level but also there are lots of other opportunities. Trade jobs in the forest industry and the mining industry, where they needed skilled workers, are some of these.
An easy alternative for the other immigration programs
During the interview, it was also noted that one of the reasons for launching these programs is to encourage newcomers to go to rural communities. These pilots will make them easier to get into the country.
Kathleen Connolly, Executive Director of the Dawson Creek & District Chamber of Commerce emphasized that “it is less about creating new jobs and more about making our communities sustainable”. He mentioned that vacancies are ranging from the service sector, which are restaurants, hotels, to professional fields like nurses, physiotherapists and more.
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