Canada Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

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 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.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot — Participating Communities
The following communities are participating in the pilot. Those that are linked have launched their component of the pilot:
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 (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), British Columbia
To be considered eligible to participate in the pilot, the community must:
have a population of 50,000 people or less and be located at least 75 km from the core of a Census Metropolitan Area OR up to 200,000 people and be considered remote from other larger cities (using Statistics Canada’s index of remoteness)be located in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon; have job opportunities;have an economic development plan;have a local economic development organization that can manage the pilot for your community;have the capacity to settle new immigrants in the community by having or developing:relationships with local or regional immigrant-serving organizations;opportunities to connect newcomers with established members of the community, such as through mentoring or networking;access to key services like education, housing, transportation, and health care.
How to Immigrate under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
Eligibility Requirements for candidates
In order to be considered for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program (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)
OR 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.
Community Recommendation
A community recommendation is based on the candidate’s:
  • 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.
Work Experience
Eligible candidates must have:
a minimum of 1,560 hours (one year) of continuous, paid work experience in the past three years;the work experience must be in one occupation but can be with different employers
the work experience can be obtained in Canada or outside Canada
Self-employed work experience is not eligible
Candidates must have performed the majority of the main duties and all the essential duties listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) for their profession as well as the activities listed in the lead statement.
Candidates must have:
A Canadian high school diploma or the foreign equivalent;Diplomas obtained outside Canada must have their equivalency confirmed by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a designated organization.The ECA report must be less than five years old at the time of application
Individuals who have graduated from a post-secondary program in the community that is recommending them are exempt from the work experience requirement if they graduated with:
a degree, diploma, certificate or trade or apprenticeship from a post-secondary program of 2 years or more and:were a full-time student for the entirety of the 2+ years
obtained the credential within 18 months before the application for permanent residence
were in the community for at least 16 months of the last 24 months of study
a master’s degree or a PhD and:were a full-time student for the entirety of the degree
obtained the credential within 18 months before the application for permanent residence
were in the community for the entirety of the degree
Individuals who cannot apply as international students include those who:
studied at distance for more than half the program
studied English or French for more than half the program
received a scholarship or fellowship that requires they return to their home country to apply their studies Job Offer
Potential candidates must have a genuine, full-time, permanent, job offer in one of the participating communities. The wage must meet the minimum wage listed for that NOC in the Canada Job Bank and the candidates’ previous experience must demonstrate that they can perform the duties of the job offered.
The Government of Canada defines a genuine job offer as one that:
must meet the needs of the employer
the employer must actively be in the business for which the offer has been made
the employer must be able to fulfill the terms of the offer
the employer must have complied with all employment laws and rules in the past
Additionally, the job offer must be of the same skill level or one skill level above or below the NOC that best applies to the candidate’s work experience. Candidates whose NOC is rated skill level D, however, must have a job offer in the same occupation.

Language Requirements
The minimum language requirement is based on the NOC skill type or level that applies to the candidate’s job offer.
The minimum requirements for each NOC skill type/level are as follows. “CLB” stands for Canadian Language Benchmark.
NOC 0 and A: Minimum language score of a CLB 6 is requiredNOC B: Minimum language score of a CLB 5 is requiredNOC C and D: Minimum language score of a CLB 4 is required
Funds Candidates must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to support themselves and their families after they move to Canada. These funds must be their own and cannot be borrowed from anyone.
The following documents can be used as proof of funds:
bank account statements
documents that show real property or other investments (such as stocks, bonds, debentures, treasury bills, etc.)documents that guarantee payment of a set amount of money payable to you (such as banker’s drafts, cheques, traveler’s cheques or money orders)
The minimum required amount is as follows: Number of family members (including those you support who aren’t immigrating with you)Funds you need (in Canadian dollars)
1 $8,722 2 $10,858 3 $13,348 4 $16,206 5 $18,380 6 $20,731 7 or more $23,080
NOTE: Individuals working legally in Canada at the time of application are exempt from the settlement funds requirement.

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