Chatham-Kent has a history of welcoming immigrants, and was designated as Canada's first official Welcoming Community in 2016. 

If you are interested in moving to Chatham-Kent as a new immigrant, the first place to find information on how to immigrate is the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website (IRCC). IRCC will give you information on immigrating to Canada for work, as well as other options to move to Canada. There is also an Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) that works in partnership with IRCC to nominate foreign workers for economic immigration. OINP selects foreign workers for permanent residence who have the skills and experience that the Ontario economy needs. The Government of Canada makes the final decision to approve applications for permanent residence.

Under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), Chatham-Kent is one of three participating communities in a Regional Immigrant Pilot program. This regional pilot program will help fill local labour shortages and support economic growth by spreading awareness of the program and increase uptake in rural and small communities. 

Employer Applicants

If you are an employer in Chatham-Kent, you can contact OINP business support at business.immigration@ontario.ca to find out more about the program.

Immigrant Applicants

If you are an OINP immigrant applicant, you can explore opportunities to move to or work in the partnering communities. Intake for applications under the Regional Immigration Pilot is now open. Please visit the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program website to apply.

Chatham-Kent's largest sectors for employment opportunities are manufacturing, healthcare and social assistance, retail trade, and agriculture. For more information on what types of jobs Chatham-Kent has to offer, visit the finding a job page, find open positions with local employers at https://www.chatham-kent.ca/jobs, and visit the Employer Profiles page to link to some of Chatham-Kent's employers. You can also follow Living Chatham-Kent LinkedIn for employment related updates. Remember to follow the application guidelines listed on the specific job you are interested in.

Once you arrive, there are settlement supports and community services available to help you and your family get connected and settle in. Chatham-Kent is also home to over 20 cultural community associations, and has many options for recreation and leisure.

  • For more information on life in Chatham-Kent and community information, contact a member of the LivingCK team at ckimmigratetowork@chatham-kent.ca.

Please note, we are not accepting resumes or applications to the OINP program. Interested job applicants must apply directly to employer job postings, and those interested in participating in the OINP program must follow the guidelines on the OINP website.

Covid-19 Measures

To learn more about how the Covid-19 pandemic might impact immigration, please visit the Canadian federal government's Department of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Coronovirus Special Measures. If you are already living in Chatham-Kent, please find all up-to-date information about the local situation and response on Chatham-Kent Public Health's (CKPH) website at www.ckphu.com/covid-19.