Here are top 10 Things to Know About the Regional Immigration Pilot Program (RIPP) of Canada

1. The OINP Regional Immigration Pilot will help fill local labour shortages and support economic growth by spreading awareness of the program and increase uptake in rural and small communities.

2. The two-year pilot includes: approximately 150 nominations under the employer job offer category set aside for applicants destined for pilot communities, marketing and outreach to raise awareness among local employers, dedicated business service support for employers, partnering with stakeholders to leverage the entrepreneur stream for local business succession.

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3. If you qualify for any of the OINP Employer Job Offer streams and your full-time job offer is from an employer located within one of the pilot communities, then you may qualify for the pilot.

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4. The goal is to attract highly skilled immigrants to rural and small Ontario communities to fill local labour market gaps and help spread the benefits of economic immigration across the province. The findings from the pilot will help to inform future policies related to the OINP, including future regionalization efforts.

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5. Applicants to the Regional Immigration Pilot must: have a full-time and permanent job offer from an employer located in one of the pilot communities (Chatham-Kent, Cornwall or Quinte West/Belleville) and meet the criteria for one of the streams under the OINP’s Employer Job Offer category (criteria can be found on the OINP webpage.

6. The partnering communities were chosen based on interest from community stakeholders and their: distinct characteristics, representation of small town and rural diversity, specific skilled labour challenges, ability to help newcomers get settled.

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7. The OINP is working with local partners in each community to successfully implement the pilot, including: municipal governments, businesses, economic development organizations, settlement organizations, universities and colleges.

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8. As the program is a pilot, it will most likely be launched for a set period of time. Following the pilot, the province will assess and determine whether or not to extend or make the program a permanent fixture in Ontario immigration.

9. The OINP’s Employer Job Offer Category allows Ontario businesses to fill labour needs in professional, managerial and in-demand occupations with foreign workers and international students to fill their labour gaps. Recruited workers must have a job offer and may apply from within or outside of Canada.

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10. To apply for the pilot, applicants must complete an intake form and submit the form by email to [email protected] To access the intake form please follow the link on the Regional Immigration Pilot on the OINP webpage. Meanwhile, you can watch the video that I created below.