Settlement + Recruitment

Welcome to the Rural Community Inclusion Pilot Project

The Rural Community Inclusion Pilot Project is a collaborative initiative between Lanark and Renfrew counties, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Rural Economic Development (RED) program. Our mission is to create a more inclusive, diverse, and economically vibrant community by connecting local businesses with skilled newcomers and fostering a welcoming environment.


At the heart of this project is the introduction of a shared Settlement + Recruitment Coordinator for Lanark and Renfrew, whose role is pivotal in bridging the gap between local businesses seeking talent and newcomers seeking opportunities. The coordinator is funded until March 31, 2026, and will help to connect businesses with skilled newcomers by understanding their needs and offering guidance for a smooth transition, ensuring a welcoming community where everyone can thrive.

Connect with the Settlement + Recruitment Coordinator:

If you’re a newcomer seeking job opportunities or support with settling into the community, or if you’re a local business looking to enhance your team, our Settlement + Recruitment Coordinator is here to assist you. To connect with the coordinator and explore collaboration opportunities.

Project Partners:

Lead: Lanark County, Co-lead: Renfrew County

Supporting Partners: Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation, Local Immigration Partnership of Lanark & Renfrew

This project is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.


Linda Alexander

Lanark and Renfrew Counties

Shared Recruitment & Settlement Coordinator

Rural Inclusion Pilot Project

T:613-283-7002 x 108