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Rural And Northern Immigration Pilot Program

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The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a program that was initiated in 2019 to recruit skilled workers and promote economic development in specific regions in Canada. This is a community-driven program operating in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.

11 communities partake in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program.

  1. North Bay, Ontario
  2. Sudbury, Ontario
  3. Timmins, Ontario
  4. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  5. Thunder Bay, Ontario
  6. Brandon, Manitoba
  7. Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
  8. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  9. Claresholm, Alberta
  10. Vernon, British Columbia.
  11. West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), British Columbia.

Eligibility

Who can apply?
  • A recent graduate of a recognized post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada, or
  • A skilled worker
Work experience
  • Experience in TEER 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 occupations
  • A minimum of 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time either inside or outside Canada in the past 3 years. 30 hours per week (1,560 hours)
  • A minimum of 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time either inside or outside Canada in the past 3 years. 30 hours per week (1,560 hours)
  • Paid work. Self-employment is not calculated unless for medical practitioners.
  • International graduates do not have to meet the work experience requirements.
Study experience
  • Only applicable for a post-secondary program of 2 years or longer or A master’s degree or higher lasting less than 2 years.
  • Must have received the credential (degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship) no more than 18 months before you applied for permanent residence,
  • Must be a full-time student,
  • Must have lived in the community for at least 16 of the last 24 months spent studying to get your credential or in the case of a master’s student living in the community for the length of your studies.
  • Must have valid temporary resident status in Canada.
Educational requirements
  • Canadian educational credentials, such as,
    • Canadian secondary school (high school) diploma
    • Canadian post-secondary certificate, diploma, degree
    • or

    • Equivalent foreign education. (Requires ECA)
Language requirements
  • TEER 0 and 1 – CLB/NCLC 6
  • TEER 2 and 3 – CLB/NCLC 5
  • TEER 4 and 5 – CLB/NCLC 4
Settlement funds
  • If you’re already living and working in Canada with a valid work permit, you don’t need to show proof of funds.
  • If not, you must have sufficient funds. Learn more.
Intend to live in the community
  • Must plan to live in the community.
Community-specific requirements
  • Click here to learn more about Community-specific requirements.

Application process

The application process for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) involves two stages:

1. Community Recommendation: The first step is to apply to the participating community where the applicant wants to settle. The community will assess the applicant’s eligibility based on their job offer, language proficiency, education, and work experience. If the community approves the applicant, they will provide a recommendation letter.

  • Find a Job: The first step in the RNIP application process is to find a job with an employer in one of the participating communities. The employer must be designated by the community as eligible to participate in the program.
  • Meet Eligibility Criteria: Once the applicant has a job offer, they must check whether they meet the RNIP eligibility criteria, which include language proficiency, education, work experience, and settlement funds.
  • Apply to Community: After confirming eligibility, the applicant must apply to the participating community where the employer is located. The community will assess the application and may conduct an interview.

2. Permanent Residence Application: Once the applicant receives a recommendation letter from the community, they can then apply for permanent residence through the federal government. The applicant must submit a complete application along with all required documents and pay the application fee. The application will be assessed based on the eligibility requirements for the RNIP as well as the federal government’s general admissibility criteria.

  • Gather Required Documents: The applicant must gather all required documents, including their recommendation letter, education and work experience certificates, language test results, and police certificates.
  • Submit Application: The applicant must submit a complete application along with all required documents and pay the application fee. The application will be assessed based on the RNIP eligibility requirements as well as the federal government’s general admissibility criteria.
  • Medical and Security Checks: The applicant must undergo medical and security checks as part of the application process.
  • Receive Decision: Once the application is processed, the applicant will receive a decision on their permanent residence application. If approved, they will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and can then make arrangements to move to Canada.

FAQs

What is the Rural and Northern Immigration Program (RNIP)?

The RNIP is a community-driven immigration initiative in Canada designed to address labor market gaps in rural and northern communities by attracting skilled workers and facilitating their permanent residency.

Who is eligible to apply for the RNIP?

Eligible candidates for the RNIP include skilled workers who have a genuine job offer from an employer in a participating rural or northern community in Canada. Candidates must meet specific eligibility criteria set by the participating community.

What are the benefits of participating in the RNIP?

Participation in the RNIP offers successful candidates the opportunity to obtain permanent residency in Canada and settle in a rural or northern community. It provides a pathway for skilled individuals to contribute to the local economy and help these communities thrive.

How can I apply for the RNIP?

To apply for the RNIP, candidates must first secure a valid job offer from an employer in a participating rural or northern community. Once the job offer is obtained, candidates can work with their employer and the community to submit an application for the program, ensuring they meet all eligibility requirements.

What sets the RNIP apart from other immigration programs?

The RNIP focuses specifically on addressing labor market gaps in rural and northern communities, offering a targeted pathway to permanent residency for skilled workers. It emphasizes community engagement and collaboration between local employers and government to facilitate successful integration and economic development.