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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program

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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program

The RNIP (Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program) is an economic pilot program that is targeted to foreign nationals who have obtained a recommendation from a participating community and acquired a job offer within the same community’s boundaries who meet minimum education, settlement fund requirements, and language proficiency.

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is one of the recent programs launched in June 2019 aiming at strengthening smaller communities, especially those in rural areas.

Employers in participating communities will have the opportunity to post employment opportunities. Skilled foreigners who are looking to live and work in Canada will be able to apply for these positions and should you be successful, the community can then recommend you to the government for permanent residence.

Due to waning birth rates and early retirement, Canada is urgently looking for skilled individuals. Although there is a high number of skilled immigrants moving to the Great White North, almost 70% of immigrants settle in urban provinces such as Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia, leaving large gaps in rural communities.

Good news! The year 2020 began with the opening of a 5-year pilot program to immigrate to rural and northern communities. The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIP) will help smaller communities attract, integrate and retain qualified foreign workers to meet their economic development and labor market needs.

The pilot will operate in the following 11 communities :

     Thunder Bay (ON)

     Sault Ste. Marie (ON)

     Sudbury (ON)

     Timmins (ON)

     North Bay (ON)

     Gretna – Rhineland – Altona – Plum Coulee (MB)

     Brandon (MB)

     Moose Jaw (SK)

     Claresholm (AB)

     West Kootenay (BC)

     Vernon (BC)

In this immigration process, the first step through the RNIP is to obtain an eligible job offer from an approved employer in one of the participating communities.

Candidates who have an eligible job offer, they can apply for a community recommendation and, if approved, submit an application for Canadian permanent residence from IRCC. Then the authority will be responsible to process all immigration procedures

Eligibility criteria

This program seeks to attract qualified workers who can establish themselves economically and the intention to reside in the community that makes the recommendation. Also, they must meet the following selection criteria:

Community recommendation. It must have a recommendation from the community. In some cases, it is the local Economic Development organizations that will make the recommendations.

     Education. At least a high school education is required.

     Language proficiency. It depends on the occupation. NOC C and D occupations require CLB level 4; CLB 5 for NOC B occupations, and CLB 6 for positions in NOC 0 and A.

     Work experience. Requires at least one year of experience in the last 3 years.

     A job offer. Requires a permanent job offer from an employer in the host community.

     Economic capacity. Candidates who are not working in Canada must demonstrate sufficient funds to establish themselves in the community.

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