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Immigrant-Friendly Communities: Making Immigration Work for Employers and Other Stakeholders

The Conference Board of Canada, 70 pages, October 5, 2009
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Small towns across Canada can attract and retain immigrant talent with the support of employers and other community stakeholders such as immigrant-serving agencies, school boards, ethnic community groups, and health service providers.

Document Highlights

Attracting immigrants to small Canadian communities can be a challenge – as most immigrants prefer to settle in larger cities where the draw of family, friends, ethnic networks, and jobs is strong. However, by promoting the benefits of living and working in smaller communities (e.g., employment opportunities, lower living expenses, safe neighbourhoods, and access to community health and recreation services) many smaller communities across Canada are attracting immigrants. This report looks at the value immigrants can bring to small communities; the role that federal, provincial and municipal policies play in attracting immigrants to small communities; and by way of case study, how four communities in Canada have succeeded in attracting and retaining immigrants through a collaborative approach involving employers and many different community stakeholders. Finally, the report identifies the ‘keys to success’ for making immigration work in small communities.