Canada Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, the Canadian government works with small and remote communities in Ontario, Western Canada and three territories to attract and retain foreign workers. This enables small communities to attract new residents to each other. This is a very good program for anyone wishing to settle in Canada.

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is driven by a community of towns willing to attract new residents and skilled workers, meaning that participating communities take the lead in attracting new immigrants and associating them with local job opportunities, promoting a friendly community and networking with newcomers and local settlement services. This makes it easier for new immigrants to assimilate with the community.

Pilot programme “Rural and Northern Immigration” – Participating Communities

The following communities participate in the pilot programme. Those that are linked have launched their part of the pilot programme:

North Bay, Ontario
Sudbury, Ontario
Timmins, Ontario
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Brandon, Manitoba
Altona/Rheinland, Manitoba
Jaw Elk, Saskatchewan
Claresholm, Alberta
Vernon, British Columbia
West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), British Columbia

To be considered eligible to participate in the pilot scheme, the community must:

have a population of no more than 50,000 people and be located at least 75 km from the centre of the Census Metropolitan Area OR up to 200,000 people and be considered remote from other major cities (using the Statistics Canada Remoteness Index)

-are located in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwestern Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon;

-have a chance to work;

-have an economic development plan;

-have a local economic development organization that can manage a pilot for your community;

-have the ability to settle new immigrants into the community through ownership or development:

    -Relations with local or regional organizations dealing with immigrants;

    -the ability to connect with newcomers to the community, for example through mentoring or networking;

    – access to key services such as education, accommodation, transport and health care.

Eligibility requirements for candidates

In order to be included in the Pilot Immigration Programme for Rural and Northern Areas (RNIP), potential candidates must meet the following federal criteria, as well as the requirements set by the participating community in which they hope to settle.

Eligible candidates must have:

at least 1 560 hours (one year) of uninterrupted paid professional experience over the last three years; the professional experience must have been acquired in one profession but may have been acquired with different employers professional experience may have been gained inside or outside Canada Self-employed professional experience is not eligible

Candidates must carry out the majority of the main duties and all the basic duties listed in the National Vocational Classification (NOC) for the profession concerned as well as the activities listed in the main declaration.

Please note that foreign students may be exempt from the criteria for work experience if they are recent graduates:

Job offer

Potential candidates must have a real, full-time, permanent job offer in one of the companies in the community. Remuneration must correspond to the minimum wage listed for this NOC in Canada Job Bank, and applicants’ prior experience must demonstrate that they are capable of performing the duties associated with the position offered. The job offer must be genuine.
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