PILOT PROGRAM FOR IMMIGRATION TO RURAL AND NORTHERN COMMUNITIES

A SMALL-SCALE PROGRAM ACCORDING TO CHRISTINE MOORE

ROUYN-NORANDA - NDP Rurality Critic Christine Moore (Abitibi-Témiscamingue) responded on Friday to the announcement of the Pilot Program for Immigration to Rural and Northern Communities by Canada's Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen. "We can only welcome any measure to stimulate immigration to rural and northern communities," said Christine Moore. “However, this program is not extensive and shows that the Liberals are far from grasping the magnitude of the problem.”

On Thursday morning, the NDP member attended a meeting on immigration and international recruitment organized by the Rouyn-Noranda Chamber of Commerce and Industry with 80 speakers and business people. "As we speak, there are 2825 positions to be filled only in Abitibi-Témiscamingue," she explained. “The Liberal government's pilot program plans to attract about 3000 foreign workers in total.”

Quebec is the province that is most affected by the labour shortage and no municipality in Quebec is eligible for this pilot program. According to Christine Moore, this is not the first time that Justin Trudeau's Liberal government has failed the regions of Quebec. "For more than a year now, I have been proposing simple solutions such as the establishment of a Canada Immigration office in Abitibi-Témiscamingue to help businesses in the complex process of hiring foreign workers," said the member. “It is an initiative that has garnered a lot of support, but one that the minister and the Prime Minister are turning a deaf ear to. We must support our businesses in their efforts and support our communities to help them integrate immigrants if we want to continue to develop our regions.”