By Kenyon Stronski
Town administration is investigating attracting skilled and unskilled labourers to Taber, similar to a program that ran in Claresholm.
According to the agenda of the April 11 meeting, “Claresholm is one of 11 communities in Canada, and the only one in Alberta, that was selected in 2019 for the Rural & Northern Immigration pilot. This is a federal pilot program that supports economic development by attracting newcomers that are qualified to fill vacant, full-time, permanent jobs within a 25km radius in and around Claresholm”
Taber’s Director of Planning and Community Services, Chris Eagan presented the information to council.
“We were asked to investigate and report back on the Town of Claresholm’s immigration program in which they were one of 11 communities. It was a federal program and very successful from their perspective. They recruited 25 new workers over the two-year period, 25 new workers that resulted in a total of 80 new people which would be the workers and their families coming to Claresholm. The current Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), which has two streams, the entrepreneurial stream and then the worker’s stream, has been initiated by the government of Alberta and this particular motion provides a couple of options that you can direct administration to.”
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