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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot was designed to target the empty positions in the skilled labour market of Rural/Remote and Northern parts of Canada. The Canadian Government and the small communities in Canada came together with the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program to attract and retain skilled foreign individuals.

The five-year Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot support eligible communities in three important ways:

  • Communities will be able to meet the labour market requirements and give a boost to economic status through immigration.
  • Provide a new way of acquiring permanent residence to foreign skilled workers.
  • Create new opportunities and providing a welcoming environment to attract and retain newcomers.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot : What is it ?

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot was introduced in January 2019 as an initiative to address the shortage in skilled labour of smaller communities. As the population and birth rate in Canada declines, the rural communities are experiencing a significant decrease in available workers.

As a part of the newly established Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program, eleven selected communities across four Canadian provinces will utilize the immigration process to support the economy and uplift the labour market. These eleven communities which are already having the population over 100,000, will be able to invite foreign individuals and provide them with Permanent Residency to make these communities their new homes.

In Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, the communities will take the charge in attracting & integrating foreign nationals and providing aide in establishing new relations within the welcoming communities.

Communities Participating in RNIP

The eleven selected communities under Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot are :

  • Sudbury (ON)
  • Thunder Bay (ON)
  • Timmins (ON)
  • North Bay (ON)
  • Sault Ste. Marie (ON)
  • Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee (MB)
  • Brandon (MB)
  • Moose Jaw (SK)
  • Claresholm (AB)
  • West Kootenay (BC), and
  • Vernon (BC)

Selected Communities Responsibilities Under RNIP

Selected communities and their associated economic development organization must:

  • Locate and assign key players such as employers within the community with the responsibility to identify opportunities which they can offer through immigration to support the economy.
  • Make foreign nationals aware of the pilot and the community.
  • Make foreign nationals aware of the pilot and the community.
  • Prepare the community and make it welcoming for the new immigrants.
  • Provide services and maintain communication with foreign nationals.
  • Connect newcomers with established authorities to integrate new immigrants.
  • Monitor the pilot to ensure top results in the community.

Community Eligibility : Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Communities participating in the RNIP must conform to the eligibility criteria mentioned below.

The community must:

  • Be situated at least 75 km from the metropolitan area with a minimum population of 50,000 or less OR a considerably remote area with a population up to 200,000. Basically, cities from a remote area with less population as compared to big cities;
  • Be from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon;
  • Have jobs to offer;
  • Have concrete plans for economic development;
  • Have a local authorized body to manage the pilot on the behalf of communities;
  • Have plans for successfully integrating new immigrants in the community.

Community Recommendation

A community will only recommend your profile, if:

  • You have an objective to reside in the participating community.
  • You have a valid employment offer.
  • You can meet economic needs of the community.
  • And necessary work experience.

Language Requirements

The NOC level of skill type determines the minimum language requirement for a candidate to qualify.

  • NOC 0 and B: CLB 6 is required;
  • NOC B: CLB 5 is required;
  • NOC C and D: CLB 4 is required.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: Quick Facts

The government of Canada and the communities will together shortlist the candidates for PR status in fall 2019.

  • Communities will take full responsibility from recruitment to endorsement for permanent residence for the candidates.
  • Communities in association with local communities have submitted an outline of how they achieved eligibility for the pilot.
  • Rural communities contribute to over 30% of the national GDP.
  • Rural Canada supplies basic necessities to urban centres such as food, water and energy.
  • Rural Canada experienced a drop of 23% in potential workers, whereas, the total number of retirees has risen by 40%.
  • Immigrants are expected to enter Canada under this pilot by 2020.

Contact Canada Immigration consultants for more details on Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot at Ace Outsourcing.

Maximum number of points that can be claimed on the basis of the above factors are:

Selection Factor Points
Age Up to 16 Points
Education Up to 14 Points
Language Proficiency Up to 22 Points
Work Experience Up to 8 Points
Stay & Family Relation in Quebec Up to 8 Points
Area of Training Up to 16 Points
Spouse or Common-law partner Description Up to 17 Points
Financial Self Capability or Sufficiency 1 Points
Accompanying Children Up to 8 Points
Valid Job Offer Up to 10 Points

Processing Time

May range between 7 months to 39 months depending upon the nationality of the applicant. For India the processing time is 11 months to 12 month for selection process.

Visa Fee

  • Fee for Quebec selection certificate 765 CAD for the primary Applicant 164 CAD for secondary applicant and dependents
  • Fee for Canada permanent Residency.

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