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View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you very much.
If I heard you correctly, many of the individuals who are coming here will go to these communities with their landed status. Is that correct?
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
For each of the 11 communities where this is being piloted, do you have any projected numbers on what would be deemed a success with the number of people staying in those communities?
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
If you don't have a projected number of how many people you would like to stay in those communities, I don't know how you're going to measure success, really.
Will five people going to one community be a success, versus, let's say, 100 people, or whatever the case may be? I would think there would need to be some sort of analysis of what the targets are in the targeted areas and then what the projected numbers are for it to be successful. Otherwise, we're kind of guessing with that. With regard to the evaluation of the program, it would be difficult to determine how the program is successful or not.
On the other issue, when we studied the Atlantic provinces, many of the people raised the issue of infrastructure and the need to ensure there is the infrastructure to retain newcomers.
With this pilot, will additional infrastructure be provided to the communities to support, hopefully, success and therefore retention?
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
I understand that the range will vary from community to community, but even for the different sizes of communities, you need to have some projected targets. I'm not saying you should use one target and apply it to every community unilaterally, but rather you need to establish what some targets would look like in different communities and the different makeup of those communities. If you don't, you have no way of assessing whether or not your program is successful.
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
Will federal resources be provided to those communities and partners so they can in fact build up the infrastructure?
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
It's not additional funding; it's funding for the ongoing work. Within it, you now have a pilot and then they will decide, with their regular funding, whether or not they would dedicate additional dollars toward this pilot. That raises a significant issue.
We heard from other witnesses for the Atlantic provinces study that there was a lack of supports in place for existing resettlement services for the existing community. Then, in order to attract and to retain people, they needed additional infrastructure. That is not in place for this pilot, so right off the top I am concerned about that. I'm going to flag this for you and, more to the point, for the government. In the more remote and rural communities, the infrastructure is even more scarce. If you say, “Oh well, our existing resources should provide for that”, I fear we're going to set-up these communities for failure.
The idea is to attract and retain people, and right off the top people would actually have their landed status—that is to say, “If you're good enough to work, you're good enough to stay.” If we acknowledge that as a principle for this pilot, why can't we acknowledge that as a principle across the board for other people with their applications?
View Randeep Sarai Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you. It's good to have two areas, Vernon and the Kootenays, in British Columbia selected for this pilot project.
How do you select the applicants? Do people apply and say, “I want to go to Vernon”? Does the City of Vernon pick the applicants? Does IRCC pick the applicants? What are the criteria? Do the communities have to have x number of jobs there, or is it by economic or skilled categories where you have certain English-language requirements, and certain skills, etc.?
View Randeep Sarai Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Randeep Sarai Profile
Lib. (BC)
This pathway requires an employer to hire you in order to be eligible to apply.
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Lib. (BC)
What are the numbers that IRCC figures each of these rural cities would take in a year? Is there a number? Is it a collective number, or is it a per city number?
View Randeep Sarai Profile
Lib. (BC)
Is it PR on arrival, or is it conditional PR after a set amount of time living in that community?
View Randeep Sarai Profile
Lib. (BC)
Is there any requirement to stay in that community? Is it expected that they stay there, but are there any conditional requirements to stay in that community for a set period of time?
View Randeep Sarai Profile
Lib. (BC)
When you enter the pilot program, it's not based on a work permit program. That's if you entered a different stream. In this rural pilot, you would be accepted for a job. You would be accepted by IRCC, and then you would come and be a permanent resident on arrival.
View Randeep Sarai Profile
Lib. (BC)
Have you looked at some of the pros and cons of the Atlantic pilot project and seen how you can tweak it to improve this? Have we perhaps learned any lessons from that?
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