Welcome to the Rural Community Inclusion Pilot Project

About the Project:

The Rural Community Inclusion Pilot Project is a collaborative initiative between Lanark and Renfrew counties, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Rural Economic Development (RED) program. Our mission is to create a more inclusive, diverse, and economically vibrant community by connecting local businesses with skilled newcomers and fostering a welcoming environment.


At the heart of this project is the introduction of a shared Settlement + Recruitment Coordinator for Lanark and Renfrew, whose role is pivotal in bridging the gap between local businesses seeking talent and newcomers seeking opportunities. The coordinator is funded until March 31, 2026, and will help to connect businesses with skilled newcomers by understanding their needs and offering guidance for a smooth transition, ensuring a welcoming community where everyone can thrive.

Connect with the Settlement + Recruitment Coordinator:

If you're a newcomer seeking job opportunities or support with settling into the community, or if you're a local business looking to enhance your team, our Settlement + Recruitment Coordinator is here to assist you. To connect with the coordinator and explore collaboration opportunities:

Linda Alexander

Email: lalexander@lanarkcounty.ca

Phone: 613-283-7002 x108

Further resources for newcomers can be found at the Local Immigration Partnership.

Project Partners:

- Lead: Lanark County

- Co-lead: Renfrew County

- Supporting Partner:

  • Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation

This pilot project is made possible through the collaboration of these dedicated partners.

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