The Manitoba Government will be putting 3.1 million dollars into 17 newcomer support services.

Dauphin MLA Brad Michaleski says Manitoba’s continued growth and innovation is largely thanks to immigration.

“With people arriving from more than 130 countries worldwide, immigrants and refugees contribute knowledge, education, skills, help to enhance Manitoba’s workplace and communities. Here in the Parkland, there is a strong need and demand for immigration support programming, to help newcomers and their families’ transition into life in the Parkland.”

Manitoba’s provincial nominee program where they nominate immigrants for permanent residency, based on economic need in the province, saw one of the highest numbers of nominees in 2018.

Michaleski says Dauphin is one of five rural communities to receive funding.

“This funding announcement is significant for the entire Dauphin region.”

Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen says the strategic investments will improve the settlement, language, employment and community supports, newcomers will need as soon as they arrive in Manitoba to put them on a path to success.

Michaleski thinks the government has a lot of focus on rural areas.

“I know they are very aware that Dauphin is a very strong community with a lot of organizations that have done a lot of work in helping build the community. They’re a very inclusive community and want to see their community grow. I think that’s a huge factor in why Dauphin was selected for one of these sites.”

The amount of money Dauphin will get hasn’t been announced yet.