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Immigration Pilot: An Opportunity for Community Growth

March 2019

Charla Robinson, President

On January 24, federal Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen announced The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Project (RNIPP). This new program will attract and retain skilled immigrants in Canada’s rural and northern communities, many of which are experiencing population decline, outmigration and labour shortages. The RNIPP goal is to facilitate newcomer settlement in the communities that need them most and to spread the benefits of economic immigration to those smaller communities.

In recent years, the Chamber has been actively engaged in community discussions about the need for improved immigration policy to assist in attracting skilled workers to our community to address our labour shortages and we are pleased to see the Federal Government has heard our concerns. For the past 6 weeks, we have worked closely with the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission as part of an RNIPP application development team to help to put Thunder Bay’s best foot forward in the hopes of being awarded one of the pilot opportunities.

Thunder Bay’s pilot application has now been submitted and we await the decision by the Government of Canada sometime later this spring. On behalf of all Chamber Members, I want to express my sincere thanks to the RNIPP application development team and especially the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission for their diligent work and exceptional leadership in bringing together stakeholders from across the community on this important project. Further, I would like to acknowledge the strong support received from our federal Members of Parliament, the Hon. Patty Hajdu and Don Rusnak, who were tenacious advocates in support of the development of this pilot project by the Government of Canada.

 

As surely as spring follows winter, the arrival of the New Year also signals the start of City Budget deliberations.  The 2019 Budget document was released on January 3rd {LINK: www.thunderbay.ca/budget} and will be dissected, debated and discussed throughout the month with final ratification expected on February 4th.    

Our advocacy efforts will focus on our member’s concerns regarding the importance of curbing spending increases and finding operational efficiencies to improve the value to taxpayers for city services, as well as improving fiscal transparency and accountability.  While we understand that the City’s finances are complex, we also believe that a solid understanding of the real costs of City services will empower Council’s decision making and increase taxpayer buy-in when hard choices must be made.     

We applaud Council for their request for a City Services Profile that will allow Councillors to see what services the city offers and their costs, as well as which services are mandated by the Province and which are considered non-essential.  We believe that these details will be helpful to Council members and the community and will enhance transparency around spending decisions. 

Your Chamber looks forward to being part of the budget discussions as our new Council sets the spending agenda for the year ahead. 

As surely as spring follows winter, the arrival of the New Year also signals the start of City Budget deliberations.  The 2019 Budget document was released on January 3rd {LINK: www.thunderbay.ca/budget} and will be dissected, debated and discussed throughout the month with final ratification expected on February 4th.    

Our advocacy efforts will focus on our member’s concerns regarding the importance of curbing spending increases and finding operational efficiencies to improve the value to taxpayers for city services, as well as improving fiscal transparency and accountability.  While we understand that the City’s finances are complex, we also believe that a solid understanding of the real costs of City services will empower Council’s decision making and increase taxpayer buy-in when hard choices must be made.     

We applaud Council for their request for a City Services Profile that will allow Councillors to see what services the city offers and their costs, as well as which services are mandated by the Province and which are considered non-essential.  We believe that these details will be helpful to Council members and the community and will enhance transparency around spending decisions. 

Your Chamber looks forward to being part of the budget discussions as our new Council sets the spending agenda for the year ahead. 

As surely as spring follows winter, the arrival of the New Year also signals the start of City Budget deliberations.  The 2019 Budget document was released on January 3rd {LINK: www.thunderbay.ca/budget} and will be dissected, debated and discussed throughout the month with final ratification expected on February 4th.    

Our advocacy efforts will focus on our member’s concerns regarding the importance of curbing spending increases and finding operational efficiencies to improve the value to taxpayers for city services, as well as improving fiscal transparency and accountability.  While we understand that the City’s finances are complex, we also believe that a solid understanding of the real costs of City services will empower Council’s decision making and increase taxpayer buy-in when hard choices must be made.     

We applaud Council for their request for a City Services Profile that will allow Councillors to see what services the city offers and their costs, as well as which services are mandated by the Province and which are considered non-essential.  We believe that these details will be helpful to Council members and the community and will enhance transparency around spending decisions. 

Your Chamber looks forward to being part of the budget discussions as our new Council sets the spending agenda for the year ahead. 

As surely as spring follows winter, the arrival of the New Year also signals the start of City Budget deliberations.  The 2019 Budget document was released on January 3rd {LINK: www.thunderbay.ca/budget} and will be dissected, debated and discussed throughout the month with final ratification expected on February 4th.    

Our advocacy efforts will focus on our member’s concerns regarding the importance of curbing spending increases and finding operational efficiencies to improve the value to taxpayers for city services, as well as improving fiscal transparency and accountability.  While we understand that the City’s finances are complex, we also believe that a solid understanding of the real costs of City services will empower Council’s decision making and increase taxpayer buy-in when hard choices must be made.     

We applaud Council for their request for a City Services Profile that will allow Councillors to see what services the city offers and their costs, as well as which services are mandated by the Province and which are considered non-essential.  We believe that these details will be helpful to Council members and the community and will enhance transparency around spending decisions. 

Your Chamber looks forward to being part of the budget discussions as our new Council sets the spending agenda for the year ahead. 

As surely as spring follows winter, the arrival of the New Year also signals the start of City Budget deliberations.  The 2019 Budget document was released on January 3rd {LINK: www.thunderbay.ca/budget} and will be dissected, debated and discussed throughout the month with final ratification expected on February 4th.    

Our advocacy efforts will focus on our member’s concerns regarding the importance of curbing spending increases and finding operational efficiencies to improve the value to taxpayers for city services, as well as improving fiscal transparency and accountability.  While we understand that the City’s finances are complex, we also believe that a solid understanding of the real costs of City services will empower Council’s decision making and increase taxpayer buy-in when hard choices must be made.     

We applaud Council for their request for a City Services Profile that will allow Councillors to see what services the city offers and their costs, as well as which services are mandated by the Province and which are considered non-essential.  We believe that these details will be helpful to Council members and the community and will enhance transparency around spending decisions. 

Your Chamber looks forward to being part of the budget discussions as our new Council sets the spending agenda for the year ahead. 

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