Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Applications – Ontario

What is The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

Under the current immigration system, the vast majority of new immigrants choose to live in major cities like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

RNIP was launched to increase population in rural areas by identifying and selecting candidates for permanent residency and supporting their settlement

 RNIP will create pathways to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers that wish to work and live in any one of the 11 communities participating in the Pilot.

The RNIP is in pilot phase and will presently be only accepting about 3000 applicants (with their families)

Each community has its own specific requirements for eligibility, job search process, as well as the application process for community recommendation – Details will be made available on the official websites of the communities.

The Pilot will launch at different times in each of the communities.

Eligibility in RNIP :

  1. Candidates must secure a full-time, non-seasonal job offer from an employer in one of the participating communities.
  2. The job offer must be in an occupation that is at the same skill level of the NOC code associated with their work experience.
  3. Candidates must meet the language requirements for their NOC category
  4. Candidates must have completed the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma.

How can I apply under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot?

  1. Check eligibility
  2. Securing a valid job offer from an employer belonging to any one of the communities participating in the Pilot.
  3. All applicants under RNIP must be able to prove that they have an eligible job offer and meet all the requirements.
  4. Once you have a valid job offer with you, you will have to lodge your application for recommendation with the community.
  5. You will be asked to submit copies of supporting documents.
  6. Keep the originals with you as they will be needed later for applying for Canada PR.
  7. Once you have the recommendation from any community, you can apply for Canadian PR.

Which rural areas are participating:

Ontario: Thunder Bay, Sault-Ste-Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay

Manitoba: Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee  & Brandon

Saskatchewan Moose Jaw

Alberta: Claresholm

British Columbia: West Kootenay; Vernon ; These Communities,

About these RNIP communities:

  • They have a population of 50,000 or less
  • They are located at least 75km from the core metropolitan area
  • They have employment opportunities available for newcomers
  • They have ability to support the settlement of newcomers

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