CIRRO Resources

CIRRO Guidebook

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CIRRO Guidebook

This Guidebook offers strategies and best practices that can help rural communities to attract and retain newcomers.

It approaches newcomer attraction and retention from a community economic development perspective. It does not fully address other aspects of attracting and retaining newcomers, such as social inclusion or employer awareness, though these are also important elements in successful human capital strategies. A number of resources are available and referenced throughout this guidebook that can help your community plan these other components of attracting and retaining newcomers.

Community Attractiveness Indicators for Newcomers Tool

The Community Attractiveness Indicators for Newcomers is an analytical tool that provides information to help communities assess their ability to attract and retain sufficient human capital for economic development. This tool is a new component of the Community Immigrant Retention in Rural Ontario (CIRRO) program and it provides indicators based on national and provincial statistics that have been classified into eight socio-economic themes:

  • Health
  • Housing
  • Innovation
  • Society
  • Amenities
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Overall newcomer attractiveness measure

This tool provides communities of all sizes with factual comparative data to support planning efforts, decision making and strategies for attracting newcomers. As a result, communities can understand how to build on their strengths and overcome barriers to successfully recruit and retain skilled and entrepreneurial newcomers, thereby increasing innovation and productivity in the local economy.

Thirteen communities from across the province participated in the tool's pilot project and provided positive feedback. Many participants expressed that the tool gave them a new depth of analysis and understanding to support the development of a successful plan for their community's economic future. The Community Attractiveness Indicators for Newcomers tool provides insight to rural communities looking to strengthen their long-term viability and capacity.


Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 09 May 2011
Last Reviewed: 7 March 2012