Cornwall part of pilot to attract skilled immigrant workers

In this provided photo, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell (middle) presents a certificate of congratulations to Cornwall Mayor Bernadette Clement (third from left) who accepted on behalf of other representatives participating in the Regional Immigration Project on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. (MPP Jim McDonell via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – The city is one of three Ontario municipalities for a pilot project to get immigrants working in rural areas.

Local MPP Jim McDonell joined Cornwall Mayor Bernadette Clement Thursday at the Cornwall Civic Complex to announce the Regional Immigration Pilot program, part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

“By welcoming newcomers to Cornwall, we are helping our job creators grow their businesses and boost our local economy,” McDonell said.

The program will allow businesses to find skilled foreign workers to fill in talent gaps.

It will take 150 nominations between the three communities over the next two years.

The pilot is also in Chatham-Kent and Belleville/Quinte West.