Five of the 11 communities participating in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) were originally slated to begin accepting applications on January 1, 2020. However, CIC News reported that it will be at least another month until they actually start taking in migrants.
The communities that were originally scheduled to participate in the pilot program on New Year’s Day include:
- North Bay, Ontario
- Timmins, Ontario
- Claresholm, Alberta
- Vernon, British Columbia
- West Kootenay, British Columbia
Additionally, Sudbury, Ontario, which was supposed to start the pilot program on November 1, is still not accepting migrant applications. This is also happening to Thunder Bay, despite placing a notice on its webpage that says it would start accepting applications on January 2.
Communities which are a part of the pilot program need to have an economic development organization to handle the program in order to qualify. Organizations that fall under this category would be a community futures organization, a chamber of commerce, an independent or non-profit economic development organization, or a hybrid organization of a municipality with an independent board of directors.
These organizations are tasked with making sure provisions on their community’s memorandum of understanding with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are in line with their community’s needs, which include the start date for application intake.
For Claresholm, Alberta, the economic development committee decided in December that its start date would be later in February 2020.
Brady Schnell, the economic development officer from the Town of Claresholm, told CIC News that many candidates have contacted local employers and some are already in town. These candidates are expected to be the first to be approved via the community review process.
“The level of interest has been outstanding,” Schnell said, “We have been contacted by [people from] about 60 countries.”
Representatives from the Ontario communities of North Bay and Timmins also declared that their communities would likely not bring in migrants until the end of January. A spokesperson from West Kootenay, B.C. said applicants won’t be screened until March. Vernon, B.C. said it will be accepting applications for the program beginning in February 2020.
The RNIP is allegedly designed to help rural Canadian towns attract foreign workers to their communities. The pilot program is being pushed forward to try to address labor market shortages supposedly caused by falling birth rates, growing retirement rates, and the migration of youth to more populated areas of Canada.
Despite the innocuous reasoning for this program, it is likely part of the multicultural obsession that has swept across the West.
Many political elites believe that rural areas lack diversity, thus necessitating a flood of migrants to culturally “enrich” the area.
Appeals to abstract ideals and popular globalist tropes should never guide a nation’s migration policies. Instead, immigration policy should be determined by national interests that emphasize socio-economic cohesion and public security.
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