Steinbach to host public meeting on immigration

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Public meetings launched by Manitoba’s Immigration Advisory Council will take place across the province, with one scheduled for Steinbach.

With a stated goal to “inform its recommendations on improvements to Manitoba’s current immigration policies and programs”, the meetings were announced by co-chairs Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Minister Jon Reyes and Lloyd Axworthy.

“As we review the entire continuum of immigration, from promotion to retention of newcomers, we want to hear from others who have experiences and advice they would like to share,” Reyes said in a Monday press release.

He added they are hosting the meetings across the province to reach as many people as possible.

Thirteen meetings will be held in locations including Steinbach, Beausejour, Dauphin, Swan River, Thompson, Brandon, Neepawa, Winkler, and Altona. Four of the meetings will take place in Winnipeg including a bilingual session.

The first meeting took place Wednesday in Winnipeg and the tour concludes Aug. 11 also in Winnipeg.

Steinbach’s meeting will take place at the Days Inn on Aug. 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The council, created earlier this year, has 20 members with expertise related to immigration services, governance, economic development, analysis, project management and community integration.

“It represents front-line immigration service providers, ethnocultural community leaders and organizations, representatives of Manitoba’s business, industry and academic communities, and has urban, regional and francophone representation,” the press release stated.

Lloyd Axworthy said while the council brings expertise to the table, they’d also like to hear from others.

“The feedback from Manitobans and newcomers to Canada will help our team make informed recommendations to government,” he said.

The council’s focus is on attracting and recruiting more immigrants and investors, streamlining the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program and fostering the province’s settlement and integration programs to encourage labour market attachment, improve foreign credential recognition and bolster immigrant retention.

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