Province wants immigrants in rural BC

By Cheryl Jahn
March 13, 2019 - 3:39pm Updated: March 13, 2019 - 5:57pm

PRINCE GEORGE - The Government of B.C. has heard loud and clear from rural communities over the years about the lack of people, everything from labourers to business people. And it is launching a unique pilot program to change at least one of those deficits.

"This is a pilot program. It is for small communities and the companies or individuals coming in would get immigration status, permanent residency, but they would have to make investments. Grow the business community, support the business community, but also make a commitment to be in that community for three years."

They would also be required to invest $100,000 in that business, have an income of $300,000 and speak English.
 
The Province says it has received support for the pilot program from over 30 rural mayors.

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