As the Huron County Economic Development Board lays the foundation of a report to be written during the winter, its chair is reminding municipalities of the importance of immigrants to our area.
Jim Lynn told Goderich Council recently that new arrivals from areas like the Middle East should be recognized for what they can contribute to the Huron economy.
He says that there is a difference between accepting immigrants and welcoming them, and that Huron County is good at accepting.
Lynn believes it's important to focus on what new Canadians can bring to the community, rather than what those born and raised here might have to give up to accommodate them.
He adds that Goderich tends to be more welcoming than other parts of Huron, because of the diverse nature and background of its population.
Lynn says Huron municipalities need to look at the "big picture" when it comes to immigration, and realize that agriculture, business and industry are competing in a global market.
Economic Development Board officials expect to release their report by the end of March, when Lynn plans to update municipal Councils on what the document will contain.