Immigration pilot program brings diversity, experienced employees for local businesses

April 29, 2021

By Toronto Star |

Everard Kasimanwuna says he found his forever home in Timmins and he’s here to stay.

Kasimanwuna is one of the foreign workers in Timmins who was hired through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program.

The federal immigration project aims to attract and retain skilled immigrants and fill labour shortages in 11 communities across the country, including Timmins.

InTimmins, the project is led by the Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC).

Wednesday, April 28, was Kasimanwuna’s first day of work at the Hard Rock Animal Hospital.

Kasimanwuna has a decade of veterinary experience and is now working toward being licensed in Canada. For the past three years, he’s been in contact with Debbie St. Louis, the Hard Rock’s practice manager, with whom he got connected via LinkedIn.

“Everard has shown a lot of interest in serving our community and their fur babies, so I’m happy about that,” St. Louis said.

Before coming to Timmins with his family that includes his wife and three children, Kasimanwuna worked in Dubai and Nigeria.

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