The United Conservative Party (UCP) of Alberta offers a new course thanks to which it plans to integrate up to 40,000 immigrants into the rural communities within four years.
Local elections will take place in Alberta this spring, and several polls showed the leading positions of the United Conservative Party and its head Jason Kenney among the voters. Kenney, who used to hold a post of the minister of immigration of Canada from 2008 to 2013, said that UCP plans to recover the smallest rural communities by involvement of immigrants through two programs: Rural Renewal Program and Rural Entrepreneurial Stream.
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In case of a winning over the New Democratic Party, Kenney promises that, being integrated, both programs will be able to provide communities with up to 10,000 permanent residents a year, or 40,000 during the first term of UCP rule.
Kenney said: “The goal will be to end large backlogs, speed up processing time, proactively attract talented newcomers from overseas, welcome job-creating entrepreneurs and encourage settlement in rural Alberta, which needs population the most.”
Rural Renewal Program, which according to Kenny, may attract approximately 32,000 potential immigrants (including their spouses and children) within four years, will give an opportunity to obtain additional points for the Express Entry system. Express Entry candidates, who also have the Provincial Nomination, will collect 600 additional points, which almost guarantees obtaining permanent resident status.
Another program is the Rural Entrepreneurial Stream. Jason Kenney said that UCP plans to invite about 500 experienced entrepreneurs a year, or 2,000 during the first term of UCP rule which will result in creation of at least 4,000 jobs. He also suggested that this program will become a “green light” for 8,000 new permanent residents.
The condition, which obliges potential businessmen to invest a certain minimum of funds and to commit to actively operate business in which they should own at least 51% of stocks, will be one of the Stream criteria. Suitable candidates will be able to obtain the two – year work permit which will let them apply for permanent residence in Canada.