Local ­counties stand ­together on immigration

Gordon Lambie
Staff Writer

The Regional County Municipalities (MRCs) of Coaticook, the Val-Saint-Francois-Memphremagog, and Des Sources have joined forces with Sherbrooke’s Service d'aide aux Neo-Canadiens (SANC) immigration agency in order to be more welcoming to new arrivals to Canada. Putting an emphasis on the province-wide labour shortage and an aging workforce in the Eastern Townships, representatives of the four MRCs announced a plan on Thursday morning to invest a collective $310,000 in improving local expertise on attracting and retaining new immigrant populations. “This is all to ensure the prosperity of our local businesses,” Jacques Madore, Prefect of the Coaticook MRC, the area where this new idea was born. “This program will allow us to move ahead with new expertise at the forefront, resulting in a strengthening and diversification of our economic vitality.” See full story in the Friday, March 9th edition of The Record.