Marc Serré

Your member of parliament for

Nickel Belt

Marc Serré

Your member of parliament for

Nickel Belt


Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Takes Off in Nickel Belt/ Greater Sudbury

NICKEL BELT-GREATER SUDBURY – Eleven rural and northern communities have been selected as part of the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. The pilot was created in response to a call from municipal governments, the business community, unions, Chamber of Commers’ and partners in industry for our government to support immigration strategies that will aid Canada’s smaller communities to enhance their economic, social and demographic vitality.

As the Canadian population ages and the birth rate declines, rural Canada’s workforce has seen a significant decrease in available workers. This pilot will help attract people that are needed to drive economic growth and help support middle-class jobs in these communities.

The participating rural and northern communities will have access to a range of supports to test this new innovative, community-driven model that will help fill labour gaps with Greater Sudbury being selected as one of the successful communities. Other chosen Ontario cities include, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins and North Bay.

Consultations were held with Community leaders and Economic Development officials from surrounding municipalities and the consensus was to move forward with a regional approach. This collaborative effort will permit smaller communities to participate in the pilot. Neighboring communities encompass, North Eastern Manitoulin and Islands (NEMI), the Municipalities of Killarney, Espanola, Markstay-Warren, St.-Charles, French River, and West Nipissing.

Canada is committed to attracting the best talent around the world to fill skill shortages and drive local economies in rural Canada that will benefit all Canadians.


“The equation is quite simple. Attracting and retaining newcomers with the needed skills equals a recipe for success for Canada’s rural and northern communities. We have tested a similar immigration pilot in Atlantic Canada and it has already shown tremendous results for both newcomers and Canadians.”
– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“Thank you to the many organizations, business owners and building trades for reaching out and voicing your concerns about the inability to attract and retain employees in rural areas in Nickel and Greater Sudbury! The launch of the Rural Immigration Pilot project will allow for a unique, community-driven approach to tackling our labour market challenges and grow our communities.”
– Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt

“On behalf of the City Council and the citizens of Greater Sudbury I would like to thank the Government of Canada for providing us with the opportunity for an Immigration Pilot in our region. This will allow our businesses address their skills gaps, allowing them to expand and grow.”
– Brian Bigger, Mayor of Greater Sudbury

Quick Facts

• Throughout the summer, the government will begin working with selected communities to position them to identify candidates for permanent residence as early as the fall 2019.
• Communities will be responsible for candidate recruitment and endorsement for permanent residence.
• Newcomers are expected to begin to arrive under this pilot in 2020.
• Communities worked with local economic development organizations to submit an application which demonstrated how they met the eligibility criteria by March 11, 2019.
• The Atlantic Immigration Pilot was launched in March 2017 as part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The four Atlantic provinces are able to endorse up to 2,500 workers in 2019 under that pilot to meet labour market needs in the region.
• Rural communities employ over four million Canadians and account for almost 30% of the national GDP.
• Rural Canada supplies food, water, and energy for urban centres, sustaining the industries that contribute to Canada’s prosperous economy.
• Between 2001 and 2016, the number of potential workers has decreased by 23% percent, while the number of potential retirees has increased by 40%.

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Kaylie Dudgeon
Special Assistant
Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt