The Canadian Government has chosen 11 communities across the country for a pilot program to attract immigrants to rural and northern communities.

Communities have been chosen based off of labour shortages, declining birth rate, and an ageing population.

Brandon is one of two locations in Manitoba chosen. The other location is Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee, which is just north of the US border.

The chosen communities and the government will be working together this summer to identify permanent residence candidates.

Newcomers are expected to start arriving in 2020.