Western Region to Increase Focus on Population Growth and Retention

Western Region to increase focus on population growth and retention.

The Western Regional Enterprise Network has filled their new Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator position.


Western, Nova Scotia March 2, 2021                                                                                                                                                                                         

The Western Regional Enterprise Network (REN) is pleased to announce that Brenda LaGrandeur is the successful candidate to fill the role of the Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Coordinator. LaGrandeur is scheduled to begin her new position on March 1, 2021.

The LIP is a regional partnership that brings together representatives from a wide range of sectors to work on a settlement and integration strategy for newcomers to the region.

The region is experiencing an influx of inter-provincial, and international migrants year over year, with roughly 340 people having moved to our region since October 2019.

LaGrandeur has been employed with the Western REN since 2017 as the Manager of the Connector Program. “I’m excited to continuing working with the Western REN on helping our region grow.” said LaGrandeur. “I look forward to building on current successes, as well as building new relationships to create a more welcoming and supportive environment for newcomers. This work will allow me to take some of what I’ve learned and seen in my role with the Connector Program and work at addressing some of those issues.”

“The Western Region has many of the same opportunities and challenges with newcomer attraction and retention as other parts of the province, we often lose them to bigger Canadian cities” said CEO Angélique LeBlanc. “The LIP will aim to bring our resources and networks together to make it easier for people to stay in the region once they arrive.”

Recruitment for a replacement Connector Program Manager will begin shortly.

The Western REN is supported by the municipalities of Argyle, Barrington, Clare, Digby and Yarmouth and the Towns of Digby and Yarmouth, as well as the province of Nova Scotia.