“I just want to point out that this is not a reactive motion, it’s a proactive motion – it’s something we’ve been working on for a while,” Mayor Provenzano stated before Council unanimously passed a motion during Monday evening’s meeting, endorsing the Local Immigration Partnership in forming a committee as information.
This Immigration Committee will be tasked with “furthering the development of a welcoming community where everyone feels accepted, valued and encouraged to be active contributors by promoting diversity and identifying opportunities to facilitate the advancement of the successful transition of newcomers to the city,” says a report in the Council Agenda.
The provincial population projections from the Ontario Ministry of Finance indicate that the Algoma region’s population is expected to continue to decline to the year 2041, at a rate that is the most precipitous in the Northeast region, while the province as a whole is projected to see an overall population increase.
This report identifies migration as the most important factor contributing to population growth as a whole
The City of Sault Ste. Marie has previously called for the implementation of an immigration pilot program as a means to expedite immigration, as well as is a member of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination. This network brings together municipalities that endeavour to improve their policies against racism and discrimination, undertaking initiatives in an effort to build welcoming communities.
In a report in the council agenda, it states:
“The City of Sault Ste. Marie, under the “Quality of Life” focus area in the 2016 – 2020 corporate strategic plan states; “We embrace newcomers. One of our key priorities is civic engagement as we plan, communicate and deliver municipal services. Diversity generates new ideas, perspectives, and new frontiers for community growth.”