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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program


The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program which has launched in 2019 on January 24. This program includes eligible communities in rural and northern areas of provinces other than the Atlantic four and Quebec. The pilot scheme will have an annual quota of about 2,750 for five years. It's designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in one of the participating communities.

The RNIP program currently comprises 11 communities, as follows:

Ontario: North Bay, Sudbury, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay;
Manitoba: Brandon, Altona/Rhineland;
Saskatchewan: Moose Jaw;
Alberta: Claresholm;
British Columbia: Vernon, West Kootenay


1) Work experience: At least 1 year of continuous work experience in the past 3 years.

2) Education: High school or above (ECA)
3) Language ability:

NOC 0, A job position--CLB6
NOC B job position--CLB5

NOC C, D job position--CLB4

4) Obtain a Job Offer from the designated community

5) Intention to reside in the community in the future

Application process

Evaluate & Sign
First landing & Employer interview
Obtain job offer
Obtain endorsement letter
Apply to Federal
Obtain Immigration Visa
Reside and work in community
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