Ministerial Instructions 33 (MI33): Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

On September 1, 2019, Ministerial Instructions came into force to establish the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. This new community-driven pilot is designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration across Canada’s regions by partnering with 11 participating communities to test a community-driven approach to economic immigration.

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot was created under section 14.1 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. It allows the Minister to issue instructions to create economic immigration programs that are limited to a duration of 5 years, and where there are no more than 2,750 principal applicants in a class per year. Applicants for this pilot must, in addition to meeting other program requirements, have a recommendation from a designated community partner, a job offer and the intention to live in that community to apply for permanent residence.

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