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Small Canadian Towns Hoping To Attract New Immigrants To Canada

Written by  CIC News Friday, 19 September 2014 11:15
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Small towns like Simcoe County, situated north of Toronto from Lake Simcoe to the shores of Georgian Bay, are actively looking for newcomers.
Small towns like Simcoe County, situated north of Toronto from Lake Simcoe to the shores of Georgian Bay, are actively looking for newcomers. Photo Credit: JustSomePics via Wikimedia Commons

A growing number of rural communities in Canada are hoping to attract newcomers to the country, citing a need to reverse dwindling population trends, strengthen local economies, and address labour shortages.

In recent years, more than a quarter of residents in metropolitan areas have been immigrants, a figure that plummets to only five per cent in small towns. Canada’s three largest cities — Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver — together accounted for nearly two-thirds of the immigrant population of Canada. 

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