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CANADA – RURAL & NORTHERN IMMIGRATION PILOT (RNIP)

What is the Canada Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIP)?

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program is designed to help bring new skilled worker immigrants to small and remote communities. The five-year federal immigration pilot is community-driven and designed to attract new immigrants and match them with local job vacancies, promote a welcoming community, connect them to established members of the community and local settlement services.

RNIP - Community & Candidate Eligibility

  • Participating Communities
  • Community Eligibility
  • Candidate Eligibility

Participating Communities

The following communities are participating in the pilot. Some of these communities have already launched their local pilots:

  • Sudbury, Ontario
  • North Bay, Ontario
  • Timmins, Ontario
  • Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Brandon, Manitoba
  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • Vernon, British Columbia
  • Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
  • Claresholm, Alberta
  • West Kootenay (Castlegar, Trail, Nelson, Rossland), British Columbia

Community Eligibility to Participate in the Pilot:

To be eligible, the community must:

  • Be located at least 75 km from the core of a Census Metropolitan Area, and have a population of 50,000 people or less
    OR

    Be considered remote from other larger cities (Canada’s index of remoteness statistics) with up to 200,000 people
  • Be located in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Ontario and Yukon
  • Have an economic development plan
  • Have job opportunities
  • Have a local economic development organisation to manage the pilot for the community
  • Have the capacity to settle new immigrants in the community through:
    • Relationships with local or regional immigrant-serving organisations
    • Access to key services like education, housing, transportation, and health care
    • Opportunities to connect new immigrants with established members of the community through networking or mentoring

Candidate Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIP), you must meet the federal criteria and participating community requirements where you will be settling. 

The federal criteria are:

  • A minimum of 1,560 hours (1 year) of continuous work experience in the past three years
  • Recommendation from one of the designated communities
    OR
  • A genuine job offer to work in one of the designated communities
  • Graduate from a publicly funded post-secondary institution in the recommending community
  • Meet the language requirement for the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill type/level of the job being offered
  • Intention to live in the community
  • Sufficient settlement funds to settle yourself and your family in the community

Interested to know more about the RNIP program and understand if you qualify? Get in touch with us today!

RNIP Community Recommendation for Candidates

A designated community economic development organisation makes the recommendations on the basis of:

  • Work Experience
  • Education
  • Job Offer
  • Language Requirements
  • Funds
To be eligible, you must have:

  • A minimum of 1,560 hours (one year) of continuous, paid work experience in the past three years. The work experience must be:
    • In one occupation but can be with different employers
    • In Canada or outside Canada
    • Not through self-employment
Additionally, you must have performed most of the main duties and all the essential duties listed in the NOC and also the activities listed in the lead statement.

You may be exempted from this work experience criteria if you are a recent graduate from a full-time master's program or higher, or from a full-time post-secondary program of at least 2 years.
You must have:

  • A Canadian high school diploma or the foreign equivalent
    • Diplomas obtained outside Canada must have their equivalency confirmed by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a designated organisation.
    • The ECA report must be less than five years old at the time of application.
If you have graduated from a post-secondary program in the community that is recommending you, then you are exempted from the work experience requirement. You should have:

  • A diploma, degree, certificate, apprenticeship or trade from a post-secondary program of 2 years or more and proof that you:
    • Were a full-time student for the entirety of the 2+ years
    • Were in the community for at least 16 months of the last 24 months of study
    • Obtained the credential within 18 months before the application for permanent residence
OR

  • A master’s degree or a PhD and proof that you:
    • Were a full-time student for the entirety of the degree
    • Were in the community for the entirety of the degree
    • Obtained the credential within 18 months before the application for permanent residence
You cannot apply as an international student if you have:

  • Studied English or French for more than half the program
  • Studied at distance for more than half the program
  • Received a scholarship or fellowship that requires them to return to their home country to apply their studies
Your job offer must be:

  • A genuine, full-time, permanent offer in one of the participating communities.
  • Offering the wage that meets the minimum wage listed for that National Occupational Classification (NOC) in the Canada job bank.
  • Of the same skill level or one skill level below or above the NOC that best applies to your work experience.
  • In the same occupation if your NOC is rated skill level D.
A genuine job offer as defined by the Government of Canada:

  • The employer must be active in the business for which the offer has been made
  • It must meet the needs of the employer
  • The employer must be able to fulfil the terms of the offer
  • The employer must have followed all employment laws and rules in the past
The minimum language requirements for each NOC skill type/level are as follows:

  • NOC 0 and A: Minimum language score of a CLB 6
  • NOC B: Minimum language score of a CLB 5
  • NOC C and D: Minimum language score of a CLB 4
You need to provide proof that you have enough funds of your own to support yourself and your family in Canada. The following documents can be used as evidence:

  • Bank account statements
  • Property documents or other investment documents (bonds, stocks, treasury bills, debentures, etc.)
  • Documents that guarantee payment of a certain amount of money payable to you (such as traveller’s cheques, cheques, banker’s drafts, or money orders)
The minimum required amount is as follows:

Number of family members Funds you need (Canadian dollars)
1 $8,722
2 $10,858
3 $13,348
4 $16,206
5 $18,380
6 $20,731
7 or more $23,080
NOTE: If you are working legally in Canada at the time of application, you are exempted from the settlement funds requirement.

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