As part of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration funding this event includes immigrant entrepreneurs, employers, economic development practitioners, the settlement sector and the local business community to highlight economic importance of immigration to Wellington County. The goal of the summit will be to:
Educate employers about the best practices related to the attraction and retention of immigrant
workers.Market Wellington County as a place of live and work to newcomer communities
Highlight immigrant entrepreneurship in the region.
Create a venue to advocate to representatives from the federal and provincial governments about the reality that current immigration programmes do not meet needs of rural communities.
The sessions will be informative to a broad audience. In particular, the advocacy session will be a chance for representatives from different economic sectors to formally voice their concerns about the current state of immigration programs and in their current state many do not work for rural employers.