June 15, 2019 – The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is designed to help bring new skilled worker immigrants to smaller communities.
The five-year federal immigration pilot is designed to boost smaller communities with aging populations and labour shortages, which struggle to attract and retain new immigrants.
It is intended to build on the growing success of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, an initiative aimed at establishing more young, skilled immigrants in the four Atlantic provinces.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is open to all other Canadian provinces outside the Atlantic region, excluding Quebec, which manages its own economic immigration programs.
Canada’s federal government has not confirmed if the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot will be subject to a quota.
The 2018, the nomination quota for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot was set at 2,500 workers.
The initial communities to take part in the pilot were announced on Friday, June 14, 2019. They are:
11 Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Communities
- Thunder Bay (ON)
- Sault Ste. Marie (ON)
- Sudbury (ON)
- Timmins (ON)
- North Bay (ON)
- Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee (MB)
- Brandon (MB), Moose Jaw (SK)
- Claresholm (AB)
- West Kootenay (BC)
- Vernon (BC)
What Happens Next?
- Throughout the summer, Ottawa will begin working with selected communities with the aim of identifying candidates for permanent residence in fall 2019.
- Each of the communities will be responsible for candidate recruitment and endorsement for permanent residence.
- Newcomers are expected to begin to arrive under the RNIP in 2020.
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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: Community Requirements
- Have a population of 50,000 or less and be located at least 75km from the core of a Census Metropolitan Area, OR
- Have a population of up to 200,000 people and be considered remote from other larger cities, according to the Statistics Canada Remoteness Index.
- Be in:
- British Columbia
- Northwest Territories
- Have job opportunities.
- Have an economic development plan.
- Have a local economic development organization that can manage the pilot for your community
- Help settle new immigrants in the community by having or developing:
- Relationships with local or regional immigrant-serving organizations
- Opportunities to connect newcomers with established members of the community
- Access to key services like
- Health care
- Communities must also have letters of support from:
- The municipality (local leaders) AND
- A local or regional immigrant-serving organization.
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