Rural and Northern Pilot Program

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a new program that began in June 2019 with the goal of strengthening smaller communities, particularly in rural areas. Employers in participating communities will be able to post job openings on the website. If you are a skilled foreigner wishing to live and work in Canada, you can apply for these roles, and if you are successful, the community can suggest you to the government for permanent residence.

The following 11 communities are participating in the pilot:
• North Bay, Ontario
• Sudbury, Ontario
• Timmins, Ontario
• Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
• Thunder Bay, Ontario
• Brandon, Manitoba
• Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
• Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
• Claresholm, Alberta
• Vernon, British Columbia
• West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), British Columbia

To be considered eligible to participate in the pilot, the community must:
• Have a population of 50,000 people or fewer and be located at least 75 kilometers from the heart of a Census Metropolitan Area OR have a population of up to 200,000 people and be regarded distant from other bigger cities (using Statistics Canada's remoteness index)
• be located in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon;
• have job opportunities;
• have an economic development plan;
• have a local economic development organization that can manage the pilot for your community;

Steps to Permanent Residence
1. Candidates must check they meet both the federal government eligibility requirements and community-specific requirements.
2. Find an eligible job with an employer in one of the participating communities.
3. Candidates with a job offer can submit an application for recommendation to the community.
4. Candidates with a community recommendation can apply for permanent residence.

Occupation in demand in RNIP

NOC 3012: Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
NOC 3413: Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
NOC 3233: Licensed practical nurses
NOC 3112: General practitioners and family physicians
NOC 4152: Social Workers
NOC 4214: Early childhood educators and assistants
NOC 4212: Social and community service workers
NOC 4412: Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
NOC 3111: Specialist Physicians
NOC 7312: Heavy duty equipment mechanics
NOC 7321: Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
NOC 7311: Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
NOC 7611: Construction trades helpers and laborers
NOC 7237: Welders and related machine operators
NOC 7271: Carpenters
NOC 7241: Electricians
NOC 7251: Plumbers
NOC 7511: Transport Truck Drivers
NOC 7521: Heavy equipment operators
NOC 7535: Other automotive mechanical installers and servicers

NOC 0213: Computer and information systems managers
NOC 2147: Computer Engineers
NOC 2171: Information systems analysts and consultants
NOC 2172: Database analysts and data administrators
NOC 2173: Software engineers and designers
NOC 111: Auditors, accountants and investment professionals
NOC 121 Administrative services supervisors
NOC 1311: Accounting technicians and bookkeepers



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