Getting labour from outside Northumberland

Northumberland County is exploring an innovative partnership to address local labor shortages in healthcare, construction, and advanced manufacturing.

Inspired by a pilot project in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, the initiative would engage the federal government’s Economic Mobility Pathways Project to connect skilled refugees with job vacancies in the community. The project would involve local organizations, international partners and community┬ámembers, based on the Pictou model.

Northumberland County is considering this solution to attract a diverse workforce and promote rural development.

Negotiations are underway with Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Shapiro Foundation, an organization specializing in refugee resettlement, to advance the initiative. Next steps would include securing support, assessing industry demand, raising public awareness, and addressing accommodation challenges for resettled refugees and their families.

10-Year Housing & Homelessness Plan Annual Report in

Northumberland County’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan 2022 Annual Report highlights work to address local housing need and combat systemic challenges contributing to homelessness.

The County made strategic investments in 2022 to increase access to affordable housing and enhance supports for individuals experiencing homelessness. This included enhanced emergency shelter services, such as an overnight winter warming room and overflow accommodations at local motels. Funding was also directed to Northumberland Hills Hospital to increase resources for homeless individuals with mental health concerns.

In partnership with the Northumberland County Housing Corporation (NCHC), 2022 saw the County advance the construction and acquisition of multiple affordable housing units. One example of this is the progress of the Elgin Park Affordable Housing Redevelopment in Cobourg, which will increase the number of subsidized and market rental units at this location from 18 to 40.

A shelter benefit extension was also piloted as a means of increasing housing stability and and preventing homelessness.

In 2023, key initiatives will include the creation of a housing stabilization subsidy, launch of a housing support program, collaboration on more affordable housing development, and other strategic investments. The County remains committed to innovative strategies, partnerships, and services to offer housing solutions and support those at risk of homelessness.

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