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The Greater Moncton Immigration Summit


May 14, 2013

 
MONCTON - The City of Moncton will be leading a community dialogue on Immigration on May 29 and 30, 2013 called the Sommet sur l’Immigration Summit targeted for the Greater Moncton community.  The City, along with our partner municipalities Dieppe and Riverview, as well as other key stakeholders, will engage all sectors of Greater Moncton in a participative bilingual community consultation process to address ways to improve and influence immigration in our region in a positive and supportive manner.  This consultation process will lead to a new Community Immigration Strategy for the Greater Moncton area.
 
The Moncton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) is the 5th fastest growing CMA in Canada.  While Greater Moncton’s population growth due to international immigration has grown significantly since the 2006 Census, the newcomer population remains under represented, relatively speaking, compared to other urban centres in Canada.  In 2011, according to Statistics Canada data, the immigrant population in the CMA grew by 735 people.  This doesn’t include the more than 1,000 foreign students enrolled in our post-secondary institutions.  Over the next 20 years, annual immigration levels will need to triple if we are to continue to grow as we have in recent years.  Looming labour market shortages and the global competition for talent will result in pressure on Greater Moncton to grow and sustain its population which underlines the need for a Community Immigration Strategy for Greater Moncton.
 
It is likely there has never been a time in the past 150 years when immigration has been as important to Greater Moncton’s economic and social development as it is right now and for years to come. 
Themes to be explored at the Immigration Summit include: immigration as an emerging source of workforce labour, immigrant entrepreneurs, post-secondary institutions as a conduit for international talent, developing an immigrant friendly community, maintaining our linguistic balance and more.
 
We welcome you to join in the dialogue at the Greater Moncton Immigration Summit as we engage in a collaborative approach to address and find solutions for these important issues in our community.  For more information and to register please see www.immigrationmoncton.ca.
 
The Greater Moncton Immigration Summit
Wednesday evening, May 29 and Thursday, May 30, 2013
Delta Beauséjour
Moncton, New Brunswick
 
Media Enquiries:
 
Kevin Silliker
Director of Economic Development, City of Moncton
(506) 853-3532
 
Deniz Akmaner
Immigration Specialist, City of Moncton
(506) 389-5937
 
Aldea Landry
Project Consultant, Landal Inc.
(506) 861-6352