May 9, 2018

Originally posted and published by Chris Shannon of the Cape Breton Post.

The Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership is launching a series of 13 meetings across the island to get a better understanding on what makes a “welcoming and inclusive” community.

The sessions begin on Saturday in North Sydney and Sydney Mines and will continue over the next two months.

The local immigration partnership is nearly one year into its mandate — a federal initiative funded through Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada to addresses the growing need for community planning in the areas of immigrant attraction and retention.

Kailea Pedley is the program manager for the immigration partnership. She wants to hear from community members — both immigrant and non-immigrant — to determine what can be done to keep newcomers from leaving smaller communities.

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