City releases details on immigration pilot project

Fort St. John City Hall. File photo.

The City of Fort St. John has released details on an immigration pilot project that will aim to attract immigrant families to the community with specific skills. A release from the City stresses the project is not a search for temporary workers.

If successful the project hopes to address labour market challenges, improve retention of immigrants in Fort St. John, enhance existing support services, develop community partnerships to support those new to the community, and to provide a model that can be used in other locations.

The release also states that $200 million of investments have not gone ahead as a result of a lack of skilled workers over the past year.

North east B.C. as a whole is said to attract less than two per cent of the province’s immigrants, and the jobless rate in the region is the lowest in the province.

City staff are in the process of putting together a proposal for the pilot program for Council’s consideration.

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