Prov­ince hir­ing new im­mi­gra­tion agents

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

“Th­ese new agents will be specif­i­cally tasked with mak­ing new im­mi­grants aware of the sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties in ru­ral Prince Ed­ward Is­land.” Ru­ral and Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pat Mur­phy

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has is­sued a re­quest for pro­pos­als for im­mi­gra­tion agents who will work to at­tract im­mi­grants to P.E.I., es­pe­cially to ru­ral ar­eas of the prov­ince.

Pop­u­la­tion growth is a pri­or­ity for Prince Ed­ward Is­land, and this is be­ing done by at­tract­ing more im­mi­grants to the Is­land.

“It is vi­tal that we main­tain or in­crease our ru­ral pop­u­la­tion in or­der to make ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties more vi­brant and sus­tain­able into the fu­ture,” said Ru­ral and Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pat Mur­phy.

“Im­mi­grants ar­riv­ing through the Pro­vin­cial Nom­i­nee Pro­gram rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity for ru­ral ar­eas given that they are re­quired to open, pur­chase or in­vest in a busi­ness or work in ar­eas where crit­i­cal labour short­ages ex­ist.

“Th­ese new agents will be specif­i­cally tasked with mak­ing new im­mi­grants aware of the sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties in ru­ral Prince Ed­ward Is­land.”

Each of the new im­mi­gra­tion agents will work col­lab­o­ra­tively with the re­cently an­nounced re­gional eco­nomic coun­cils. The main goal of those coun­cils is to de­velop strate­gies to drive eco­nomic and pop­u­la­tion growth across the Is­land. One of the fo­cuses of th­ese coun­cils – which will have its first meet­ing later this week – will be to en­cour­age new im­mi­grants to pur­chase or in­vest in ex­ist­ing busi­nesses and at­tract new im­mi­grant en­trepreneurs.

“A sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of our most crit­i­cal labour gaps and busi­ness suc­ces­sion is­sues ex­ist in ru­ral Prince Ed­ward Is­land,” said Work­force and Ad­vanced Learn­ing Min­is­ter Sonny Gal­lant.

“By putting a sharp fo­cus on the many at­trac­tive qual­i­ties of a ru­ral busi­ness and life­style, we know we can at­tract im­mi­grants who will choose to live, work, study or own a busi­ness out­side of our ma­jor cen­tres.”

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