Manitoba successful in settling new immigrants in rural communities
Canada has struggled to entice new immigrants away from cities since Clifford Sifton was the Minister of the Interior. It looks like Manitoba is starting to experience some success in settling new Canadians in rural communities using its provincial nominee program.
Hopefully there are components of this program that can be picked up by other provinces, where there are many small towns that are in need of the skills that only new immigrants are likely to bring.
See the article from the Western Producer below for a good discussion of the need to attract more immigrants to rural parts of Canada rather than to Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver, where they tend to naturally gravitate