Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: How communities apply

How to apply

You must complete a Community Interest Form and submit all the required documents to apply. A complete application includes:

  • a complete Community Interest Form
  • an economic development plan written in the last 3 years (between 2016 and 2019)
  • a letter of support from a municipal leader
  • a letter of support from a local or regional immigrant-serving organization

Who must complete the application

Only organizations responsible for providing economic development services in the community can submit the application. This organization will manage the pilot for the community.

An economic development organization would have:

  • economic development as a central part of their mandate
  • an economic development or strategic plan, or would fall under a broader economic development plan
  • available resources to manage the pilot

This organization could be:

  • a community futures organization
  • a chamber of commerce
  • another independent or not-for-profit economic development organization
  • a hybrid organization of a municipality and an independent board of directors made up of community stakeholders

Complete the Community Interest Form

The form asks questions about your community’s:

  • local economy
  • population, including size and official languages composition
  • location
  • services and supports available to welcome and settle new immigrants

Your answers must show:

You’ll also have the opportunity to share recent immigration success stories from your community.

Make sure you complete all the required sections of the form.

Download the Community Interest Form (PDF, 159 KB)

Supporting documents or files

There are 3 documents you must include with your form:

  • a community economic development plan written in the last 3 years (between 2016 and 2019)
  • a letter of support from your municipal leader
  • a letter of support from your local or regional immigrant-serving organization

You can also include other documents that support your application, like:

  • letters of support from
    • major employers
    • community members
  • demographic and economic data

You can send us documents or multimedia files. Make sure they support your answers on the form and show us why your community should be selected. If you want to include multimedia files in your application, send us an email to find out the best way to send them to us.

Letters of support

There is no template for the letters of support. They must show support from the municipal leader and local or regional immigrant-serving organization for the community’s participation in the pilot.

The application process is now closed

The deadline to submit your complete application was March 11, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. PDT. We are no longer accepting applications.

How to submit your application

There are 2 ways to submit your application.


Email the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot with your completed form and supporting documents or files.


Send your complete application to the address below:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Expression of Community Interest
Economic Immigration Policy and Programs
8th floor, Jean Edmonds Tower South
365 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1A 1L1

You must also send us an email to say that a mailed submission is on the way.

Your envelope must be postmarked no later than March 11, 2019.

Questions about completing your application

Send us an email if you have any questions while you’re completing your form. We’ll get back to you within 5 business days. See the answers to the frequently asked questions we’ve received.

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