New Canadians should be encouraged to venture farther north. A report for the Northern Policy Institute says federal and provincial immigration policies should encourage new Canadians to settle in areas other than Toronto.
The report says this kind of strategy could help resolve labour shortages in rural and more remote communities. Between 2001 and 2016, almost 30 percent of Canada’s immigrants – 356,930 people – made Toronto their new home. In comparison, Thunder Bay received 695 immigrants, during this period.
Earlier this spring, there were over 1,500 jobs posted in the Thunder Bay region last week alone. Most of these were full-time and well-paying jobs.
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