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
Sudbury, ON
Timmins, ON
Sault Ste Marie, ON
Thunder Bay, ON
Brandon, MB
Altona/Rhineland, MB
Moose Jaw, SK
Claresholm, AB
Vernon, BC
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:

  1. Must meet both
    1. IRCC eligibility requirements and
    2. Community specific requirements
  2. Find an eligible job within one of the participating communities
  3. Submit your application for recommendation to the community once you have a valid job offer
  4. If a community recommends you, you can now apply for permanent residence.

Important Note:

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.

General Requirements

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.

Community Requirements:

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.

Akrami and Associates

The application process for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program is very detailed and complex. Between the IRCC requirements and each community’s individual requirements, it is recommended to have the assistance and guidance of a trained and qualified legal representative. Here at Akrami and Associates, our representatives are just that. Contact us today to inquiry. 416-477-2545 or

With Akrami and Associates, there is always a way!

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