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Northern growth conference set for June

This marks the third annual event for Northern Policy Institute
The City of Sault Ste. Marie

Northern Policy Institute (NPI) will hold its third annual population growth conference June 22-23 in Sault Ste. Marie.

Magnetic North is essentially a big brainstorming session designed to establish a plan to grow Northern Ontario’s population, by exploring the experience of newcomers to the region.

The two-day event will feature discussions about reconciliation and anti-racism, attraction, and settlement of domestic and international migrants, and retention of the existing populations.

Sessions will be available online or in-person at the Quattro Hotel.

This year’s session builds on the work of the previous two years’ conferences: Come North, held in 2020, and Magnetic North, held in 2021.

The sessions are open to a wide variety of stakeholders from across the North, including First Nations reps, economic development officers, tourist groups, local immigration partnerships, school boards, colleges and universities, private sector companies, grassroots organizations, sports and music clubs, recent immigrants, and more.

Though a finalized agenda is not currently available, NPI indicated more information would be forthcoming.

Northern Policy Institute is an independent, evidence-driven think tank, which performs research, analyzes data, and disseminates ideas. Its mission is to enhance Northern Ontario's capacity to take the lead position on socioeconomic policy that impacts its communities, the province, the country, and the world.

The organization is marking its 10th year of operation in 2022.