Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: who can apply

Who can apply

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot has changed

Find out more about the changes.

To be eligible for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP), you must

If you meet all of the requirements, you can start to look for an eligible job in the community.

National Occupational Classification 2021

On November 16, 2022, we're switching to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Use this page if the community will get your application on or before November 15, 2022.
  • Use the NOC 2021 page if the community will get your application on or after November 16, 2022.

Work experience

You need 1 year of work experience (at least 1,560 hours) in the past 3 years.

To calculate your hours of work experience

If you work in more than 1 occupation or for more than 1 employer

Your work experience must meet the skill level requirement of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) provided in the job offer:

  • NOC 0 job offer: your work experience must be in NOC 0, A or B
  • NOC A job offer: your work experience must be in NOC 0, A or B
  • NOC B job offer: your work experience must be in NOC A, B or C
  • NOC C job offer: your work experience must be in NOC B or C
    • Your work experience can be in NOC A for the healthcare exception only
  • NOC D job offer: your work experience must be in the same NOC D occupation

Healthcare exception: If your work experience is in NOC 3012 (Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses - skill level A), you can have a job offer in the following NOC skill level C occupations:

  • NOC 3413: Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates, or
  • NOC 4412: Home Support Worker.
    • Housekeepers and other related cleaning occupations that are also part of NOC 4412 are not included in this exception.

Your work experience must include

You can read which duties are involved by searching your job title on the NOC web page.

International students

You’re exempt from the work experience criteria above if you’re an international student who graduated with

  1. A credential from a post-secondary program of 2 years or longer and you
    1. were studying as a full-time student for the full duration of the 2+ years
    2. received the credential no more than 18 months before your application for permanent residence
    3. were in the community for at least 16 of the last 24 months spent studying to get your credential

    To be exempted from the work experience criteria, your program of study needs to be at least 2 years long. You can’t add together two 1-year programs to meet the work experience requirements under this exemption.

    or
  2. A master’s degree or higher lasting less than 2 years and you
    1. were studying as a full-time student for the duration of your degree
    2. got your degree no more than 18 months before your application for permanent residence
    3. were in the community for the length of your studies

You cannot apply as an international student if your credentials are from a program in which

What is a credential?

Credential here means a degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship from a Canadian publicly funded institution in the community recommending you. You must also have had valid temporary resident status for the duration of your studies.

Language requirements

You must meet the minimum language requirements based on the NOC category that applies to the job offer in the community. This can either be the

The minimum language requirements for each NOC category are

You must submit your results from a designated language test. These results must be less than 2 years old when you apply.

Find out more about language testing.

Educational requirements

You must have one of the following:

Settlement funds

Unless you’re already working legally in Canada when you apply, you must prove you have enough money to support yourself and any family members while you get settled in your community.

You must prove you have enough money to support any family members you may have, even if they’re not coming to Canada with you.

Find out more about settlement funds.

Intend to live in the community

To participate in the pilot, you must plan to live in the community.

Community-specific requirements

Each community will have additional requirements for applicants.

Visit their websites to learn about their community-specific requirements.

Community websites

Community Community website
North Bay, ON https://northbayrnip.ca/
Sudbury, ON https://investsudbury.ca/why-sudbury/move-to-sudbury/rnip/
Timmins, ON www.timminsedc.com
Sault Ste. Marie, ON www.welcometossm.com
Thunder Bay, ON https://gotothunderbay.ca/
Brandon, MB www.economicdevelopmentbrandon.com
Altona/Rhineland, MB www.seedrgpa.com
Moose Jaw, SK https://www.moosejawrnip.ca/
Claresholm, AB www.claresholm.ca
Vernon, BC https://rnip-vernon-northok.ca/
West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC https://wk-rnip.ca/
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