Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: who can apply

Who can apply

To be eligible for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program, you must meet all IRCC eligibility requirements. You must

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

Work experience

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

To calculate your hours of work experience

Your work experience must include

You can see 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
    or
  2. A master’s degree or higher 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

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

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 www.welcometossm.com
Thunder Bay, ON www.gotothunderbay.com
Brandon, MB www.economicdevelopmentbrandon.com
Altona/Rhineland, MB www.seedrgpa.com
Moose Jaw, SK Coming soon
Claresholm, AB www.claresholm.ca
Vernon, BC https://rnip-vernon.ca
West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC Coming soon
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