Here are 10 things you need to know about the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program

1. The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a community-driven program. 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.

2. There are eleven communities participating under this program which are North Bay, Sudbury, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay all from the province of Ontario; Brandon and Altona/Rhineland from the province of Manitoba; Moose Jaw from Saskatchewan; Claresholm from Alberta; Vernon and West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson) from British Columbia. The pilot is community-driven which means communities will:

Assess prospective candidates who best fit the economic needs of these community; have a genuine employment opportunity that meets their community requirements; have the intention of staying in the community.

Recommend candidates for permanent residence to IRCC for a final decision.

Connect newcomers with settlement services and mentoring opportunities with established members of the community

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3. An arranged employment from one of the participating communities is an applicant’s gateway to be admitted to Canada through this pilot program. I have provided the list of jobs and employers from the participating communities and you can find it by clicking the link below for your convenience.

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4. An applicant aspiring to Immigrate under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot must have a minimum of 12 months of continuous full-time work experience (or an equivalent amount in part-time, 1560 hours), obtained in the previous three years in order for work experience to be considered eligible. Although work experience can be from multiple employers, it must be obtained in a single occupation.

5. An international student aspiring to live permanently in Canada through this program must have completed a minimum of a two year full-time post-secondary educational credential OR a Master’s Degree or higher level of education at an institution in one of the participating communities. The studies must have been completed within 18 months of applying for permanent residence. The student must have been residing in the community for at least 16 of the 24 last months of their study period (or the full period if the credential was less than two years).

6. A Canadian high school diploma is the minimum level of education required to be eligible under this pilot program. Candidates who completed studies outside of Canada must submit an Educational Credentials Assessment with their application through World Education Services (WES), International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS), International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) to name a few of the organizing bodies.

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7. Applicants who are outside of Canada and do not have a Canadian work permit must provide a settlement fund equivalent to $12,960 for a single applicant; $16,135 for a family of 2 members; $19,836 for a family of 3 members and so on and so forth.

8. A minimum language score of a CLB 6 is required for candidates whose NOC code falls under 0 and A; a minimum language score of a CLB 5 for skilled workers under NOC code B and CLB 4 for NOC Codes C and Degree.

9. Not all communities can participate under this pilot and so to be included in the pilot, they must have a population of 50,000 or less and be located at least 75km from the core of a Census Metropolitan Area or have a population of up to 200,000 people and be considered remote from other larger cities, according to the Statistics Canada Remoteness Index

10. As a result of declining birth rates, an aging population and an outmigration of youth, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program has been launched to resolve labour market shortages that have been identified across Northern and rural communities across Canada.

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