John Nater is expressing how he feels after he says Perth County’s application for funding to create a Local Immigration Partnership was turned down.

The MP for Perth-Wellington says he’s disappointed by the decision from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and he says “Employers and municipalities in Perth County recognize the need for newcomers to ease the local labour shortage. Sustainable, full-time settlement services are necessary in order to achieve this goal.”

He says the Perth County LIP Initiative would have taken on the role as an entry point for services, resources and employment for newcomers to our rural communities.

Nater has sent a letter responding to the decision to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in which he writes “local businesses and communities are eager to welcome newcomers to Perth County, but have found an unwilling partner in your government.”