Small communities face their own unique set of challenges when it comes to attracting and retaining newcomers. In addition to appropriate housing, transportation systems and suitable employment, smaller communities also often face challenges in providing help with settlement through service organizations, providing cultural amenities and ensuring diversity in the school system. Often this is because smaller communities lack the institutional and resource capacity of larger centres, which limits their ability to provide the same level of service.
Once newcomers arrive in our communities, we need to give them reasons to stay. We also need to make sure they are integrated into the economic and social fabric of the community. Affordable housing and public transit, English language classes, employment opportunities, and schools are just some of the things municipalities need to consider when making the entire newcomer family feel welcome.
Where applicable, AUMA may highlight WIC-related funding opportunities on this page. Due to the changing nature of government grants and funding, this information should not be considered an exhaustive list of available funding.