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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: Two More Communities Accepting Applications

Claresholm, Alberta and Vernon, British Columbia are the latest participating communities to begin accepting applications of skilled workers through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program. The RNIP was launched earlier last year to attract skilled newcomers to the country’s more rural and smaller communities.

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On February 11th, 2020, Claresholm’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot was launched. In the first year, the pilot will be able to recommend up to 20 newcomers and their families to permanently live in the Southern Alberta town. 

Last week, Vernon, British Columbia also announced that it is now open to accepting applications through the RNIP. The pilot will be able to recommend up to 10 applicants per intake period, with an annual total of 100 applicants and their families. 

The other participating communities that are open to applicants are Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay in Ontario, as well as Brandon and Altona/Rhineland in Manitoba. We can anticipate that the participating communities that have not yet launched will open up in the coming months.

Am I Eligible for the RNIP?

To be eligible for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, candidates are required to have at least one year of continuous, full-time work experience.

Candidates must also meet language requirements for their NOC code and have completed an education that is equivalent to a Canadian high school diploma. In addition, they must plan to live in the community that they are applying to. 

They are also required to obtain a full-time and non-seasonal job offer from an employer in one of the participating communities. 

Candidates wanting to immigrate to Claresholm can create a profile on their RNIP Employment Portal to upload their resume, cover letter and supporting documents. Candidates will then be able to look through the employment portal and apply for posted jobs. Similarly, candidates interested in working and living in Vernon can create a candidate profile on their employment website.  

Once these requirements are 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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