Rural And Northern immigration Pilot Program
Through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, the Government of Canada works with small and remote communities in Ontario, Western Canada and the three territories to attract and retain foreign workers.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is community-driven, which means participating communities take the lead in attracting new immigrants and matching them with local job vacancies, promoting a welcoming community, and connecting newcomers to established members of the community and local settlement services.
- North Bay, Ontario
- Sudbury, Ontario
- Timmins, Ontario
- Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
- Thunder Bay, Ontario
- Brandon, Manitoba
- Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
- Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
- Claresholm, Alberta
- Vernon, British Columbia
- West Kootenay
How does this Program Work?
In order to be considered for the RNIP, potential candidates must meet the following federal criteria as well as requirements established by the participating community where they are hoping to settle.
The federal criteria are:
- Have a recommendation from one of the designated communities
- Have one year of continuous work experience in the past three years (a minimum of 1,560 hours)
- Have graduated from a publicly funded post-secondary institution in the recommending community
- Have a genuine job offer to work in one of the designated communities
- Meet the language threshold for the NOC skill type/level of the job being offered
- Have sufficient funds to settle and support themselves and their family in the community
- Have an intention to live in the community
A community recommendation is based on the candidates:
- intention to live in the designated community
- job offer and the community’s economic needs
- work experience and skills
- ties to the community
Recommendations are made by a designated community economic development organization.