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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot to Open to Applications in Ontario

Introduced in January 2019, Canada’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a community-driven program designed with the intention of bringing skilled newcomers to the country’s rural communities. This December, we look forward to the opening of the program to applications in Sudbury, Ontario, with more locations set to follow!

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As of November 15th, two more Ontario communities have established platforms to begin accepting applications for the pilot:

  • Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Canada is set to accept more newcomers with each passing year, with the goal of reaching 390,000 new immigrants invited in 2021. By this time, the country is projected to have 1% of its population be newcomers. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of new immigrants to Canada settle in the largest and most well-known cities: Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. 

To ensure that the benefits brought with new immigrants can be felt evenly across both urban and rural centres, the Canadian government has introduced the RNIP to encourage skilled workers to venture away from major cities to Canada’s rural and northern communities. The end result being employment and Canadian permanent residence for the applicant and their family in one of the selected communities. 

Eligibility for the RNIP

In developing the pilot, the Canadian government accepted applications from interested communities west of Quebec. Currently there are eleven communities participating in the pilot; each will nominate successful applicants to live and work in the community permanently. 

The first step in applying through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is securing a full-time, non-seasonal job offer from an employer in one of the participating communities. The job offer must be in an occupation that is at the same skill level of the National Occupation Classification code associated with their work experience. As well as a job offer, candidates must meet the language requirements for their NOC category, and have completed the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma. 

Sudbury, Ontario is moving forward with implementing the pilot program, and is set to begin accepting applications in December, 2019 for 100 candidates and their families. For those interested in permanent residence in Ontario, the RNIP has five participating communities based in the province, each expecting to open to applications in the near future. 


Want to know more about your options for living and working in one of Canada’s communities? Complete our free online assessment to discover if you are eligible!


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