Canadian Government has started this Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program for 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. 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:
To be considered eligible to participate in the pilot, the community must:
Eligibility Requirements for Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program
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:
How to get selected for Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
A community recommendation is based on the candidate’s:
Work Experience: Eligible candidates must have a minimum of 1,560 hours (one year) of continuous, paid work experience in the past three years. 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
Education: Candidates must have the ECA report must be less than five years old at the time of application
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.
Language Requirements: The minimum language requirement is based on the NOC skill type or level that applies to the candidate’s job offer.
Funds: Candidates must show that they have sufficient funds to support themselves and their families after they move to Canada. The following documents can be used as proof of funds:
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)|
|7 or more||$23,080|