January 31, 2021

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program

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 help smaller communities with aging populations and labour shortages, which struggle to attract and retain new immigrants.

It is a community-driven program that aims to spread out the benefit of immigration.

To be included in the pilot, communities must:

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

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