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Rural Northern Immigration pilot

The Rural Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is composed of participating communities that invite immigrants to fill the labor shortages in smaller cities and towns across Canada.

Foreign nationals who want to apply for this program, should meet the federal and community-based requirements. Additionally, they must have a valid job offer from a designated employer in the community

Participating communities

The participating 11 communities are:

  • A paid full-time skilled work experience for at least 12 continuous months (or equivalent part time experience) must be completed within the previous 10 years and the experience must be under NOC Skill level 0, A and B of the National Occupation Classification.

    • Ensure Eligibility (both, IRCC and community-specific requirements)
    • Find an eligible job with a designated employer in one of the participating communities
    • Apply for community recommendation
    • Submit PR application
  • A valid job offer from an employer in one of the participating communities. It must meet the following requirements:

    • Full-time and permanent,
    • Meets minimum wage requirements according to the NOC skill level,
    • Must be an NOC skill level complying to the candidate’s work experience,
    • Work experience must match the job duties and responsibilities.
  • Minimum, one-year, full time (or an equivalent amount in part-time) work experience obtained within the last 3 years from the same primary occupation (any NOC level) as in the application.

    International students may be exempt from the above work experience requirement, if they are:

    • recent graduates (within 18 months of application),
    • from a full time, post-secondary program of minimum 2years,
    • at an institute in one of the participating communities.
  • The English or French language ability required depends on the applicant’s NOC skill level:

    • NOC Skill Level 0 or A = CLB 6
    • NOC Skill Level B = CLB 5
    • NOC Skill Level C or D = CLB 4
  • Minimum high school diploma or Canadian equivalent of foreign credentials (must submit ECA together with their application).

  • Applicants will need to show that they have the minimum required amounts to make sure that they (applicant & family) can settle in Canada.

  • A community’s recommendation will depend on:

    • the candidate’s intention to live in the participating community
    • community’s economic and labour needs
    • candidate’s job offer and work experience
    • connections to the community