The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community driven program designed to extend the benefits economically of immigration to smaller communities. This is done by creating a path to permanent residency for skilled foreign workers looking to live and work in the participating communities
Participating Communities and their Website
North Bay. ON
Website coming soon
Sault Ste Marie, ON
Thunder Bay, ON
Moose Jaw, SK
West Kootenay, BC
What can you expect from the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program:
Since this pilot program is community driven, the community will
- Assess prospective candidates who
- Best fit the needs of the community economically
- Have the intention of staying in the community
- Have an employment opportunity that meets the community requirements
- Connect newcomers with members of the community for settlement services and mentoring opportunities
- Recommend candidates for permanent residence to the IRCC for final decision
Steps to applying for PR under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot:
There are 4 steps to applying for permanent residence under this pilot:
- Must meet both
- IRCC eligibility requirements and
- Community specific requirements
- Find an eligible job within one of the participating communities
- Submit your application for recommendation to the community once you have a valid job offer
- If a community recommends you, you can now apply for permanent residence.
On each community’s website, they will have their own
- Job search process
- Additional eligibility requirements
- Community recommendation application process
Visit the community’s website to view specific requirements.
Eligibility Requirements: Who can apply
To be deemed eligible for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program, the IRCC has a list of eligibility requirements. You must:
- Meet or exceed the language requirements
- Meet or exceed education requirements
- Have qualifying work experience have graduated from a post-secondary learning institution in the recommending community
- Intend to live in the community
- Settlement funds- have enough money to support your transition into the community
- Meet all community specific requirements
Providing you meet all of these requirements, you can now start looking for an eligible job within the community.
For all community applications, you must
- Provide proof that you meet all requirements
- Have an eligible job offer
If a community recommends, you can apply for permanent residence.
Each community has its own unique recommendation process. The community website will tell you:
- What documents you need to apply
- How the application process work.
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