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.
- Check that you meet both
- Find an eligible job with an employer in 1 of the participating communities
- Once you have a job offer, submit your application for recommendation to the community
- If a community recommends you, apply for permanent residence
Each community will also have their own
- additional eligibility requirements
- job search process
- community recommendation application process
This information will be available on their websites.
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.
|North Bay, ON||Coming soon|
|Sudbury, ON||Coming soon|
|Timmins, ON||Coming soon|
|Sault Ste. Marie, ON||www.welcometossm.com|
|Thunder Bay, ON||www.gothunderbay.com|
|Brandon, MB||Coming soon|
|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:
- assess prospective candidates who
- best fit the economic needs of the community
- have a genuine employment opportunity that meets their community requirements
- have the intention of staying in the community
- recommend candidates for permanent residence to IRCC for a final decision
- connect newcomers with settlement services and mentoring opportunities with established members of the community
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