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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is Now Open to Accepting Applications

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) was first introduced at the beginning of this year, with the purpose of attracting skilled newcomers to the country’s more rural and smaller communities. The five-year pilot program has now begun accepting applications in three of its eleven participating communities.   

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With Canada’s goal of accepting more than one million newcomers in the next three years, the country is well-known for accepting high numbers of immigrants. However, the majority of newcomers continue to settle in the most well-known cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. 

The government introduced the RNIP so that Canada’s rural and northern communities could have a similar chance in attracting, integrating and retaining skilled workers to meet current labour demands. The eleven participating communities were selected based on their population size, location, employment opportunities and ability to support the settlement of newcomers. 

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba were the first participating communities to open for applications. As of this week, Brandon, Manitoba is also accepting applications, with more participating communities anticipated to open to applicants in the near future. 

Am I Eligible for the RNIP?

The first step in applying through the RNIP is obtaining a full-time, non-seasonal job offer from an employer in one of the selected communities. The job offer must be in an occupation with a National Occupation Classification (NOC) code that matches the applicant’s work experience. In addition to a job offer, candidates must meet language requirements for their NOC category and have completed an education that is equivalent to a Canadian high school diploma. 

With these requirements met, the end result will be full-time employment and Canadian permanent residence for applicants and their families in one of the participating communities. 


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