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January 2017 - Community Building

Simcoe County is proudly a welcoming and diverse community and we have positioned ourselves for growth on a human level as well as business and industry. I have spoken about our diversity, welcoming spirit and history of inclusion in the past and while there has been significant attention towards recent domestic and world events, our position on welcoming newcomers and growing our economy remains unchanged. Our message is that of growth, diversity and the emphasis of building-up our communities through the success of open arms for newcomers, businesses and industry because this strengthens all of us collectively.

I am resolved that our path is correct and our vision is shared by our federal, provincial and municipal partners on this matter. Our region is home to more than 50,000 foreign-born residents, within our borders you can hear over 107 different languages, and according to StatsCan nearly half of all Canadians will be immigrants or children of immigrants by 2036.

Newcomers contribute in many ways to the strength of our region including to build businesses and create local jobs. We should all welcome their positive contribution to the social and economic fabric as well as the growth of our communities. Our Local Immigration Partnership is working with area partners to create welcoming communities and we are always reminded of our rich tradition of helping those in need of our assistance. As I stated earlier regarding the Syrian refugee crisis, we support the greater good. Not just within the borders of Simcoe County or our great country, but the greater good for all mankind. Kindness knows no boundaries and we are better and stronger for it.

Gerry Marshall
Simcoe County Warden