Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: About the pilot

Permanent resident applications

We’ll begin accepting applications from eligible candidates in the fall of 2019. The community application period is now closed.

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.

We’re partnering with these communities to test new approaches to:

This pilot will help increase long-term retention of skilled newcomers to rural areas by working with:

About the process

Skilled workers

As a candidate, you need to find a job with an employer in 1 of the participating communities.

If a community recommends you and you’re successful in applying for permanent residence, you’ll then move there to work and live.

The application process for eligible candidates will begin as early as fall 2019. We’ll provide more information at that time, including:

View the step-by-step guide (PDF, 1.2 MB) that shows how the complete application process will work. Final details will be provided in fall 2019.


The community application period is now closed. The deadline for eligible communities – archived to apply to participate in the pilot was March 11, 2019.

We received a strong response to the pilot from communities. The pilot will allow us to establish best practices that can be applied more broadly in the future.

Pilot communities were selected based on:

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