Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: About the pilot

About the pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program. It’s designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in 1 of the participating communities.

About the process

There are 4 steps to applying for permanent residence under this pilot.

  1. Check that you meet both
    1. IRCC eligibility requirements and
    2. community-specific requirements
  2. Find an eligible job with an employer in 1 of the participating communities
  3. Once you have a job offer, submit your application for recommendation to the community
  4. If a community recommends you, apply for permanent residence

Each community will also have their own

This information will be available on their websites.

Participating communities

The pilot will launch in participating communities at different times.

If a website is listed as “coming soon”, the pilot hasn’t launched in that community.

Community Community website
North Bay, ON Coming soon
Sudbury, ON Coming soon
Timmins, ON Coming soon
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Thunder Bay, ON
Brandon, MB Coming soon
Altona/Rhineland, MB
Moose Jaw, SK Coming soon
Claresholm, AB Coming soon
Vernon, BC Coming soon
West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC Coming soon

What you can expect from a community

This pilot is community-driven, meaning the communities will:

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