Chatham-Kent has a history of welcoming immigrants, and was designated as Canada's first official Welcoming Community in 2016. We look forward to welcoming you to Chatham-Kent.
How to Immigrate
If you are interested in moving to Chatham-Kent as a new immigrant, 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.
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 several cultural community associations, and has many options for
recreation and leisure.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, Regional Pilot Program
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 based in Chatham-Kent, there are supports to help you learn more about the OINP program and connect with immigrant talent.
Share what talent needs you are looking for by registering with the CK Immigrate to Work Employer List.
The CK Immigrate to Work team will review the talent needs shared and connect employers with immigrant talent. Please note, resumes from immigrant talent are not pre-screened and eligibility for immigration is dependent upon meeting the requirements set out by the OINP program and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
If you are an OINP immigrant applicant, you can explore opportunities to move to or work in Chatham-Kent. Intake for applications under the Regional Immigration Pilot is now open, through the OINP Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Please visit the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program website to apply.
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In addition to receiving information about life in Chatham-Kent, your skills and contact information may be shared with CK employers seeking talent. Please note, we do not accept resumes or applications to the OINP program. Interested job applicants must still apply directly to employer job postings, and those interested in participating in the OINP program must follow the guidelines on the
OINP website. Visit the OINP How to Register/Apply Step by Step page for more information.
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, and the
Careers in CK 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.
For more information on life in Chatham-Kent and community information:
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
Coronavirus 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. For more information on supports and multi-lingual resources about COVID-19, please visit the Chatham-Kent Local Immigration Partnership's COVID-19 information page.
The OINP Regional Pilot Project is lead by the Province of Ontario's
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and is supported by many Chatham-Kent partners, including: