FedNor funding to help attract skilled newcomers to address employment gaps in the region

Photo, from left: Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages Melanie Joly and Parliamentary Secretary for Fednor and Official Languages and MP for Sault Ste. Marie Terry Sheehan

Government of Canada invests to boost immigration to meet the workforce needs of Sault Ste. Marie employers and to help maintain up to 300 jobs

A highly skilled workforce is key to the growth of Canadian businesses and a strong national economy. Immigration continues to play an important role in addressing Canada’s skill and labour needs, while helping to attract investment capital. Through Regional Development Agencies, such as FedNor, the Government of Canada is helping communities across the country attract skilled newcomers that match employer needs, leading to enhanced productivity, economic growth and further job creation.

Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced a Government of Canada investment of $500,000 to enable the City of Sault Ste. Marie to implement Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) in the region.

“The funding announced today reinforces our government’s commitment to recruit and retain top talent so we can continue growing and supporting rural regions. Our government’s focus on immigration and diversification will support a strong economic recovery that is inclusive, sustainable, and creates high-quality jobs here at home in Sault Ste. Marie.” said, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedNor
Provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, the funding will enable the City of Sault Ste. Marie to attract and retain newcomers to Northern Ontario to fill employment gaps. Specifically, the funding will be used to support outreach, training, administration, communications and marketing needed to identify, select and support businesses and newcomers in relocating to Sault Ste. Marie. As part of the project, the City will also assist employers in identifying and targeting potential applicants for positions that have gone unfilled.

“The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is an important opportunity to attract skilled newcomers to our community and to support our employers” said Christian Provenzano, Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie.  “Sault Ste. Marie is pleased that we are one of 11 Canadian communities selected for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. I want to thank the Government of Canada and FedNor for their support in helping us meet our workforce needs and maximizing the social and economic potential of the region.”

Designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities, RNIP supports permanent residence for skilled foreign workers wanting to relocate to a participating community. The City of Sault Ste. Marie is one of the 11 successful applicant communities across Canada selected to participate in this five-year economic pilot program, which runs until 2025.



  1. Hallmark of the modern day politician, whenever it speaks, it speaks out of both corners of its mouth at the same time, ie. We must spend all kinds of money creating work for the unemployed. Next headline, we need to bring all kinds of people over here to perform all kinds of work that isn’t getting done.

  2. How about all the young adults trying to get apprenticeships? I personally know 5 young men who have handed out resumes everywhere and are unable to get into the trades… Is there not supposed to be a shortage of trades workers? These guys should be able to get jobs before we give them away no?

  3. You have to have the jobs that will attract skilled workers to the city. The city should be going after the office workers that have proven during the pandemic that they can work just as well from home.

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