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). This website wll 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. 

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.

If you are an OINP applicant, you can explore opportunities to move to or work in the partnering communities. Intake for applications under the Regional Immigration Pilot is not yet open. Please monitor the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program website for more information about intake and applications.

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 www.chatham-kent.ca/jobs, and visit the Employer Profiles page to link to some of the Chatham-Kent based employers.

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 many options for recreation and leisure. Visit the After Arriving - Checklist page for a list of links to help you get started.

For more information on life in Chatham-Kent and community information, contact a member of the LivingCK team at livingCK@chatham-kent.ca or 519-360-1998.

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.

Due to these current globe events, the OINP has decided to postpone the intake of applications under the Regional Immigration Pilot for the time being. Updates on application intake timelines will be posted at the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program website.