New Pilot Program Aimed at Attracting Immigrants to Rural and Northern Communities
This summer, the Government of Canada launched the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) in an effort to draw immigrants to eleven (11) communities across Canada. The RNIP provides a new path to permanent residence for foreign skilled workers who want to live in one of the participating communities as well as foreign graduates who studied in and want to continue living in one of the participating communities,
Communities Participating in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
So far, 11 communities have been selected to participate in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. These are:
- Claresholm, Alberta
- Vernon, British Columbia
- West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), British Columbia
- Brandon, Manitoba
- Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
- North Bay, Ontario
- Sudbury, Ontario
- Timmins, Ontario
- Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
- Thunder Bay, Ontario
- Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Of the 11 participating communities, only 3 are currently accepting applications:
- Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba;
- Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; and
- Thunder Bay, Ontario.
The specific requirements for each community are discussed in greater detail below.
How it Works
The application process for the RNIP contains 4 steps. Applicants must:
- Check that they meet both IRCC Eligibility Requirements and the community-specific requirements;
- Find an eligible job with an employer in one of the participating communities;
- After obtaining a job offer from an employer in participating community, submit their application for recommendation to the community, and;
- If the community approves the recommendation, apply for permanent residence.
Detailed information about each of these steps is covered below.
Step 1: IRCC Eligibility Requirements & Community Specific Requirements
IRCC Eligibility Requirements
Applicants to the RNIP must:
a) have qualifying work experience OR have graduated from an eligible program at a publicly funded post-secondary institution in the recommending community
b) meet or exceed the language requirements
c) meet or exceed the educational requirements
d) prove they have enough money to support their transition into the community
e) intend to live in the community
Community Specific Requirements
Community requirements for the three communities that have opened their programs are outlined in further detail at the end of this blog.
Step 2: Find An Eligible Job With An Employer In One Of The Participating Communities
You must obtain a genuine job offer to work in one of the participating communities. This job offer must meet the following IRCC requirements and any additional community-specific requirements (if applicable):
- the job must be full-time
- this means mean you work at least 30 paid hours per week
- the job must be non-seasonal
- in general, this means you have consistent and regularly scheduled paid employment throughout the year
- your employment is permanent
- this means that there is no set end date
- the wage must meet or exceed the Job Bank’s minimum wage for your job offer’s NOC
- your experience must show that you can perform the duties of the job offered
Your job offer also must be at the same skill level, OR 1 level above OR 1 level below the NOC that matches your work experience unless your experience is in NOC skill level D, in which case the job you are being offered must be in the same occupation.
Step 3: Submit Your Application for Recommendation to The Community
After you obtain a valid job offer from a participating community, you must submit an application to the community to recommend you for permanent residence in Canada.
Each community has their own recommendation process.
Step 4: Apply for Permanent Residence
Once you receive a positive recommendation from a participating community you may prepare your application for permanent residence. You will submit this application to IRCC.
For a list of all the forms and documents you will need as well as a copy of the instruction guide for applications for permanent residence made under the RNIP, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/application-rural-northern-immigration.html
The introduction of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilots provides a new pathway to permanent residence in Ontario for foreign nationals with work experience at NOC skill levels C and D. To discuss your eligibility under this exciting new program or to obtain more information about moving to Canada, please contact us for a consultation.
COMMUNITY SPECIFIC INFORMATION
|Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba – Specific Requirements
In addition to IRCC’s eligibility requirements, Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba has implemented the following community-specific requirements:
a) from an employer located within the boundaries of the Town of Altona or Municipality of Rhineland;
For more information about current job opportunities and the community-specific requirements for Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba, please visit: https://www.seedrpga.com/immigration-pilot
Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba – Recommendation Process
The community of Altona/Rhineland has developed the following process for applicants under the RNIP:
SEED will assess applications on a monthly basis and provide recommendations up to a maximum of 10% of the annual quota allocated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Applications which are not recommended will be held for six months and will be considered in each of those monthly assessment periods. At the end of six months, the application will no longer be under consideration. The employer who offered the qualifying position may wish to extend the job offer, or the candidate may secure a new job offer for another position posted on SEED’s website and submit an updated application for recommendation.
For more information, please visit: https://www.seedrpga.com/the-process
|Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – Specific Requirements
In addition to IRCC’s eligibility requirements, applicants for the RNIP program will be assessed on their intention to live and work in Sault Ste. Marie.
Applicants must first have or find full time employment in Sault Ste. Marie in one of the occupations (NOCs) listed below. Applicants with a job offer not listed below will be considered only at the Community Recommendation Committee’s discretion.
Applicants must then match with the Community Requirements. Sault Ste. Marie will prioritize candidates for recommendation using a point-based system. At the moment, applicants will need to achieve a total score of 70 or above to be considered for recommendation based on the following requirements:
1. The applicant has received a job offer for a job in one of the priority NOC groups (+55 points):
Note: Applicants with a job offer not listed above will be considered only at the Community Recommendation Committee’s discretion.
2. The applicant’s age on the day the application is received:
3. The applicant has work experience in one of the priority NOC groups listed above:
4. The applicant has studied at a post-secondary institution in Sault Ste. Marie:
5. The applicant is already a resident of the community:
6. The applicant has personal ties to established members of the community:
For applicants who have never lived in Sault Ste. Marie before applying:
For applicants with a spouse or common-law partner
For more information about current job opportunities and the community-specific requirements for Sault Ste. Marie, ON, please visit: https://welcometossm.com/community-requirements/
Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Recommendation Process
Sault Ste. Marie, ON has established a Community Recommendation Committee that will assess all candidates’ ties to the community to ensure that candidates and their families intend to reside in Sault Ste. Marie upon receiving permanent resident status. The Community Recommendation Committee will use the points based system set out above to determine whether a positive recommendation should be made.
For more information, please visit: https://welcometossm.com/application-process-overview/
|Thunder Bay, ON – Specific Requirements
Thunder Bay does not currently have any active job vacancies available under the RNIP. Their website indicates that job vacancies will begin to be posted in the coming weeks.
Although Thunder Bay does not currently have any available job postings under the RNIP, the community has identified specific occupations that will be eligible to participate in the RNIP in Thunder Bay.
Employers located in Thunder Nay must apply to
These occupations are as follows:
For more information about future job opportunities and selection criteria for the RNIP in Thunder Bay, ON, please visit:
Thunder Bay, ON – Recommendation Process
Thunder Bay, ON has not yet posted their recommendation process. Their website indicates that these requirements will be posted in December 2019.
For more information about current job opportunities and the community-specific requirements for Thunder Bay, ON, please visit: https://www.gotothunderbay.ca/en/immigration/rural-northern-immigration.aspx?_mid_=12159
The introduction of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilots open more pathways to permanent residence for foreign nationals with work experience at NOC skill levels C and D. To discuss your eligibility under this exciting new program or to obtain more information about moving to Canada, please contact us for a consultation.