Canadian authorities have been able to provide jobs for 43 Icelanders immigrating to Manitoba.
According to the Daily Commercial News, Manitoba Immigration Minister Nancy Allan told reporters that the Icelanders will be working in fields such as education, health care and construction under temporay visas.
Apparently, there is still a ways to go, however. A review process must now go underway to ensure that the Icelanders will not be taking work from any qualified Canadians, and that if hired, the Icelanders are paid a wage comparable to what a Canadian would make for the same work. As this process can take several weeks, it’s not likely the Icelanders will have approved permits before the new year.
Manitoba is home to Canada’s largest population of Icelanders, numbering some 26,000 claiming Icelandic ancestry.