Growing a community through immigration

Growing a community through immigration


The Provincial Nominee Program in Manitoba was started because employers couldn’t find the number of staff that they needed to keep their companies running, so that was a big deal for employers and that was something we needed to fix. Before the program started, our businesses weren’t able to expand. Some of them were considering moving elsewhere, because workers were really hard to find. So that problem, has been at least partially solved by immigrants coming in. The provincial nominee program has been a tremendous asset to our community; it has provided an incredible pool of talented and skilled labour, and it has provided us unprecedented opportunity for economic growth. This year we will be the second fastest-growing community in Manitoba. With that comes a lot of recognition, and a lot of attention, and we’ve been able to capitalize a lot of that into infrastructure projects. Our retention is really the piece of this program that I think allows us to do that, because we’re a place where people come and people stay. When you embrace a culture of diversity, you end up with a much warmer community. The community is flourishing not just economically, but also socially, and that’s what adds the vibrancy to our community, and that’s what makes it exciting, to lead a community like this. We hear from a lot of businesses that are very excited about newcomers coming in. As an example, Deasil Custom Sewing is a business that relies a lot on newcomers to Morden. It has benefited greatly from having an expanded labour pool, and I think they will continue to grow because of that. We opened Bella’s Castle 3 years ago, because we fell in love with this house. Then we started the restaurant about 2 years ago. Morden – it’s a charming little town where it’s not too big, that everybody is so friendly here and welcoming, and all of the cultures are being celebrated, and you are welcomed the way you are. We are so rooted here. Me and my husband own restaurants, our kids are growing up here. I can’t see myself being anywhere else. Morden is a great community because of its people. It’s a friendly community and I think that makes a big difference. We support that friendliness by setting up events where people can get to know immigrants. Our Morden’s Multicultural Winterfest is important because it brings people together as a community. There’s people showcasing their different cultures, there’s people that have lived here forever, they all mix together, it’s a good time, and it’s a really good way for the community to feel united.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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