DECEMBER 1 - Launching Rural Immigration Pilot

A new immigration program aimed bringing in workers to fill chronic labour needs is set to launch in Brandon on Dec. 1.

On Dec. 1 the online platform for potential new immigrants to apply for jobs will go live. Trudel said it will be akin to a job board like, where employers can post jobs and people apply for them, but also encompasses immigrating to Canada.

Once someone applies for a job they will be screened for language and education to make sure they meet the base requirements for the position. After, the employer does their normal due diligence on the person who applied. If they pass that stage, a local committee evaluates them to make sure they intend to stay in Brandon — or whichever community they apply for — instead of going to another city once they receive permanent residency.

There is a cap of 2,750 people who can immigrate each year through the program across all 11 communities. Trudel said most communities are starting small in the first year and Brandon will aim to accept approximately 100 people in 2020.

The pilot program is set to end on Oct. 31, 2022, at which point the new immigrants can either stay as a permanent resident or apply for full citizenship.


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