Pilot projects under way to bring skilled foreign workers to the region

LCIC

The Executive Director of the LCIC says a couple of pilot projects are important for the region.

Terry Van Horn says they've heard some concerns around the attraction efforts that are taking place to bring skilled foreign workers to the region, with some saying jobs should be for local workers...but she says the workers they're looking for would be filling spots that have gone unfulfilled locally.

Van Horn says they continue to hear from businesses that the availability of skilled talent attraction is one of the biggest barriers to the growth of local communities

In March it was announced Nelson, Castlegar, Trail and Rossland would be participating in the new Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneur Immigration regional Pilot, and last month it was announced the West Kootenay would be part of a Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

Meanwhile Van Horne says they have a workforce development strategy through the LCIC, and the LCCDTS, working with Selkirk College to train the local workforce for the future, but a number of programs will still require students to go away to University to get degrees.