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Immigration Pilot: Support Infrastructure and Job Opportunities

immigration pilot: Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the aim of getting more immigrants to settle in rural areas and small communities is to help fuel economic growth, according to Toronto Star. Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO Thirty per cent of our GDP comes from rural Canada. The five-year Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot requires remote communities to submit a thorough plan identifying available middle-class job opportunities and developing social support infrastructure to help the newcomers settle. These communities are experiencing out-migration and are having difficulties in filling unfilled jobs when 78 per cent of our immigrants are settling in large urban centres, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told the Star in an interview from Sudbury, where he made the announcement. Hussen said the program aims to bring 2,750 principal applicants plus their family members each year to communities with less than 50,000 people or where the population is under 200,000, but are far away from urban centres. This is a major move to make sure our rural communities can grow their economies and populations through immigration. ( As reported in the news.