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					           Attracting & Retaining
            Immigrants
            1. Introducing the Tool Box
            2. Building the foundation
            3. Key factors
            4. Attracting migrants
            5. The welcoming community




A
TOOL BOX
TOOL BOX
     OF IDEAS
      for smaller centres
1
Introducing the Tool Box
1
Introducing the Tool Box

     - Purpose
1
Introducing the Tool Box

     - Purpose
     - Smaller centres
1
Introducing the Tool Box

     - Purpose
     - Smaller centres
     - Background
1
Introducing the Tool Box

     - Purpose
     - Smaller centres
     - Background
     - Population context
1
Introducing the Tool Box

     - Purpose
     - Smaller centres
     - Background
     - Population context
     - Immigration realities
What would be the elements
 of a population strategy
   for your community?
Where might your community
      look for people
  who would migrate in ?
        How could
     the quality of life
offered by your community
   attract newcomers?
2
Building the foundations
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
How will you build
consensus in your
   community?

  Think of ways
 you might do it.
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
       Globalization
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
       Migration to cities
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
       Canada’s immigration laws
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
       Family Class limitations
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
       Economic Class priority
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
       Provincial/Territorial opportunities
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
       How is your province doing?
Can you make use of
 the PNP to further
 your community’s
population strategy?
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
       Refugee immigrants
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
       Processing reality check
What are your options?
  How does your
    Community
   fit within the
immigration context?
What pieces can
 you best use?
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
   - Getting organized
  There is often a
 strong connection
between economic
development and a
population strategy.
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
   - Getting organized
       Community development
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
   - Getting organized
       Team approach critical
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
   - Getting organized
       Identify a champion
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
   - Getting organized
       Begin to hold regular meetings
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
   - Getting organized
   - Strategies for building support
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
   - Getting organized
   - Strategies for building support
        Demographic realities
What are your community's
      advantages?
Make a detailed list. Discuss
the items. Plan around them.

These are the strengths you
  will want to emphasize,
       and to enhance
 as you seek newcomers.
Quickly make a list of your
community's disadvantages
when it comes to attracting
        newcomers.
 Don't dwell on the negatives,
but it is useful to name them.
   Your plans may be able
to reduce or remove them, or
  provide a counterbalance.
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
   - Getting organized
   - Strategies for building support
        Your strengths and weaknesses
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
   - Getting organized
   - Strategies for building support
        Set practical objectives
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
   - Getting organized
   - Strategies for building support
        Sharing consensus
2
Building the foundations


   - Community consensus
   - The migration context
   - Getting organized
   - Strategies for building support
        Involving the community/the media
3
Key factors
   There are some primary
 things to recognize as your
community frames a strategy
 within which to seek and to
    welcome newcomers.

    These are understood
instinctively, or documented,
 or can be attested to by the
 experience of others in the
 settlement field. These key
  factors are covered in the
       following pages.
3
Key factors


   - Importance of family ties
Identify individuals
in your community
who have relatives
 abroad that might
  be interested in
    immigrating
     to Canada.
3
Key factors


   - Importance of family ties
   - Importance of employment
      What is the
employment situation
 in your community?


  Do you think of it
as poor, or even bad?
Don't be disheartened by this.

 New jobs are still created
   every month as people
 leave the workforce, or as
    businesses expand.

 And newcomers often enter
  jobs for which there were
     no local applicants.
Does your community have
  a job access web site?

If one is to be started, the
  importance of employer
  participation cannot be
        overstated.
3
Key factors


   - Importance of family ties
   - Importance of employment
        Self-employment opportunities
3
Key factors


   - Importance of family ties
   - Importance of employment
        A checklist to consider
3
Key factors


   - Importance of family ties
   - Importance of employment
        Commuting to work
3
Key factors


   - Importance of family ties
   - Importance of employment
   - Importance of housing
     When framing your strategy,
    these four areas are important
            to understand:


•   the significance of family ties
•   the importance of employment
•   the importance of housing
•   possible barriers and how to
    manage them
     Other tools for
attracting newcomers
will be explored in the
     next section,
 Attracting Migrants.
3
Key factors


   - Importance of family ties
   - Importance of employment
   - Importance of housing
   - Importance of managing barriers
3
Key factors


   - Importance of family ties
   - Importance of employment
   - Importance of housing
   - Importance of managing barriers
        Structural and systemic barriers
3
Key factors


   - Importance of family ties
   - Importance of employment
   - Importance of housing
   - Importance of managing barriers
        ESL / FSL
  What barriers have
    you considered
 that might impede a
successful immigration
   strategy for your
     community ?
     What plans
   have you made
 to create solutions,
or when do you need
   to make them?
4
Attracting migrants
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
       Non-immigrant migrants
What is your community
doing to attract retirees,
    summer residents,
   or people seeking a
  lifestyle alternative?
    What might it do?
What does your community
have to offer these people?
What are your attractions?
  How would you market
your community to seek out
       these people?
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
       Immigrants
How will they learn
    about your
   community?
Do you have
a web site?
      What is the
     nature of your
Provincial government's
  formal immigration
     arrangements
     with Ottawa?

    What role is it
    now playing?
     How active is it
       in pursuing
an immigration strategy?
Can the current strategy
    fit the needs of
   your community?
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
       Overseas targets
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
       Existing opportunities under
       current immigration rules
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
       Skilled Workers: (Economic Class)
How will you market
 your community to
potential immigrants
in the Skilled Worker
      category?
 Have you considered
the length of time the
 overseas processing
      will take?
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
       Business Immigrants:
       (Economic Class)
Does your community have
an economic development
office, or someone charged
     with this function?
   Is it, or are they, making
   use of the opportunities
     available through the
Business Immigration program?
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
       Provincial Nominees:
       (Economic Class)
   Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)
   are potentially very important to any
immigration strategy for smaller centres.
   There are a number of references to
          PNPs in this Tool Box.
The PNPs that exist can be very different
  from each other because they depend
  upon the terms that your province has
negotiated with the Federal government.
    Thus it is important to learn what
 these terms are, and underlying them,
     what is the current immigration
     emphasis that your province has
      placed upon the arrangement.
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
       Refugees: (Government Assisted)
Check with your local or regional
  CIC office to see whether you
might share in the GAR allocation.
 Discuss it with your Provincial
     immigration ministry.
   It will be a mutual decision
      if you are to succeed.
  You will have to demonstrate
   that your community has the
  capacity to receive, welcome,
  and settle these newcomers.
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
       Refugees: (Privately Sponsored)
  It is likely there are
     already refugee
sponsoring organizations
   in your community.

   Seek them out,
  share your vision,
 and see how you can
    work together.
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
       Temporary Residents
   Has your province
 focused on attracting
international students
as future immigrants?
    What is your province
doing to facilitate converting
     temporary workers
       to immigrants?
 How easy or hard is the
process in your province?

How can these processes
     be improved?
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
   - Enhancing the possibilities
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
   - Enhancing the possibilities
       Promotion
 Your community
needs an attractive
  and informative
     web site!
 What kind of resources
    for promoting your
community and attracting
  newcomers does your
  community now have?
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
   - Enhancing the possibilities
       Financial incentives
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
   - Enhancing the possibilities
       Local opportunities
4
Attracting migrants


   - Existing opportunities
   - Enhancing the possibilities
       Improving your competitive
       advantage
5
The Welcoming Community
 Just a reminder:

Have you built your
community team?
 The settlement sector is cohesive
and supportive, willing to help when
   asked. It has developed some
    excellent materials that are
       available to help you.


 Have you thought of ways for your
    community to tap into this
     large body of expertise?
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
How do you know
     whether
your community is
a welcoming one?
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
        Respect for diversity
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
        Accessible public services
 How will newcomers
know what's available,
     and where
   to access your
community's services?
         What
settlement resources
     are available
   in your region?
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
        Educational facilities
How does your community
   present and promote
its educational capacity?
     Its institutions?
     Make sure that your
    community's web site
(and its immigration web site)
          has links to
    educational facilities
 with web sites in your area.
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
        Health and wellness
 Inventory your community's
   health-related facilities.

Assess them for accessibility.

 List them on your web site.

  Enter any links that exist.

      Print a pamphlet
    that describes them.
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
        Safety
 Tell newcomers about safety concerns
in your community, realistically, without
          exaggerating them.

       Accentuate the positive.

Consider having a member of your police
    service, and/or a member of your
   emergency response (fire) service
      on your immigration council.

Talk about the safety of your community
      in the material you develop
         to attract newcomers.
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
        Faith and spirituality
   Does your community
already have a directory of
    places of worship?


   Consider including one
in your promotional material
  to show your community
   as open and accepting.
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
        Leisure
 Brainstorm about the leisure
 activities in your community.

Beyond the obvious, remember
 the clubs and cafes, spectator
sports, gardening, and hobbies.

    Then plan how you will
      communicate this
       to newcomers.
  How accessible are your
community's leisure activities?

       How affordable?
Are there barriers that need to be
    managed for newcomers?

  Accessibility may also mean
sensitivity to cultural practices.
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
  - Initial arrangements
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
  - Initial arrangements
        Greeting
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
  - Initial arrangements
        Accommodation
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
  - Initial arrangements
        Interpretation
Check out existing interpreting
    sources available to you.
If none exist, why not develop
   your own “language bank”
    of volunteer interpreters
      to help when needed.
      Make an inventory of
  “other language” speakers
        in your community.
    You may be surprised at
       how many there are.
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
  - Initial arrangements
        Early orientation
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
  - Initial arrangements
  - Early settlement supports
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
  - Initial arrangements
  - Early settlement supports
        Factors affecting adaptation and
        integration
5
The Welcoming Community

  - Showing hospitality
  - Factors creating hospitable communities
  - Initial arrangements
  - Early settlement supports
  - Sustaining settlement supports
      The imagination of
  a welcoming community,
  challenged to respond to
newcomers, to demonstrate
 hospitality in all its forms,
    is your best source of
    ideas that will involve
       the newcomers,
       and retain them.
What are your
 good ideas?
What tools will you add
  to this Tool Box?

				
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