Immigrant Futures: Regional Strategies for Northern Attraction and Retention (Webinar)

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 13:00

From Atlantic to Western and Northern regions, smaller and rural communities across Canada (and the U.S.) are facing the unprecedented challenges of demographic change and population decline. Recent research plots an aging population and plummeting birth rate against a growing gap in local labour markets exacerbated by the out-migration of rural youth and working-age population.

The Northern Policy Institute (NPI) responds to these challenges in a new report series. Its Northern Newcomer Strategy offers a regional analysis of local policies and programs that can attract new immigrants and revitalize small and medium sized communities across Northern Ontario. In Thunder Bay and North Bay, Ontario, city and community leaders have identified immigration as an economic growth strategy with potential to reverse population decline and meet local demand for skilled and professional trades. Community leaders are working with the municipality to engage local employers, service providers and residents to build a welcoming economy where everyone can thrive.

What makes a community "outside the Big City" attractive to newcomers? Is there a regional recipe for building open, inclusive communities where everyone thrives today and for the long-term? Join us online to learn more about how the Northern Policy Institute, Thunder Bay Multicultural Association, and North Bay & District Multicultural Centre are shifting policy into practice with a dynamic vision for the prosperity and well-being of their community futures.


  • Christina Zefi, former Research Analyst, Northern Policy Institute
  • Cathy Woodbeck, Executive Director, Thunder Bay Multicultural Association
  • Meg Ramore, Project Coordinator, North Bay Local Immigration Partnership (NBLIP), North Bay & District Multicultural Centre


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What: Immigrant Futures: Regional Strategies for Northern Attraction and Retention

When: November 18, 2019, 1:00 PM EST