New pathway to Canada: Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) Program


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Jan 7, 2020
Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) Program:

4 steps to applying for permanent residence under this pilot:

Check that you meet both
  1. IRCC eligibility requirements and Community-specific requirements
  2. Find an eligible job with an employer in one of the participating communities
  3. Once you have a job offer, submit your application for recommendation to the community
  4. If a community recommends you, apply for permanent residence
Each community will also have its own:
  • additional eligibility requirements
  • job search process
  • community recommendation application process
The RNIP Program will operate for 5 years, and a maximum of 2,750 complete applications (from principal applicants) will be accepted into processing each year, in accordance with the requirements specified in section 14.1 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).

Eligibility Criteria for Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP):

Foreign nationals who have the ability to become economically established and intend to reside in the community making the recommendation, and meet all of the following pass or fail criteria, as listed under Eligibility requirements in Guide 0118 – Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot :

  • Community recommendation
  • Minimum education requirements
  • Minimum language proficiency requirements
  • Minimum work experience
  • Minimum job offer requirements (see Employment requirements)
  • Minimum settlement funds
Participating communities:

CommunityCommunity website
North Bay, ON
Sudbury, ONRNIP - Invest Sudbury
Sault Ste. Marie,
Thunder Bay, ON
Moose Jaw, SKHome - Moose Jaw RNIP
Vernon, BCHome -
West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BCRural and Northern Immigration Pilot – West Kootenay Region, British Columbia
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