As Canada prepares to bring in record numbers of immigrants over the next few years, channelling some towards rural areas, experts say capacity building and resources are urgently needed to help residents and service providers better understand their unique needsHe promised new measures to encourage births and to increase average life expectancy.
Targeted resources, programs and policies are critical, Ginette Gautreau, executive director of the New Brunswick Multicultural Council (NBMC), said during the 24th Metropolis Canada Conference in Vancouver, British ColumbiaA statue of a famous Italian journalist Indro Montanelli is cleaned in Milan, on March 24. The NBMC is an umbrella organization consisting of 17 member agencies including 14 settlement agencies and three provincial rural agricultural associations.
“Because what works in the open market in urban centres and when you have a large number of clients does not work in rural communities,” she said as a part of a panel discussing the challenges settlement service providers in Atlantic Canada are facing as well as the steps they are taking to better serve newcomerss Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, said she.
Leesha Kanbour is manager of engagement, research and policy at the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA). She said research on rural settlement systems shows that although small centres may be interested in attracting newcomers, they may not have the resources to do it or the settlement infrastructure to support and retain them.
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