There are currently nine communities accepting applications through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) with the latest addition being the region of West Kootenay, British Columbia. While many communities are open to applicants, the COVID-19 health crisis has caused some of these communities to limit applications to candidates who are already living in the region.
The nine communities open to applicants are:
- Claresholm, Alberta
- West Kootenay Region, British Columbia
- Vernon, British Columbia
- Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
- Brandon, Manitoba
- Sault Ste-Marie, Ontario
- Sudbury, Ontario
- Thunder Bay, Ontario
- Timmons, Ontario
Candidates who are interested in applying must make sure that they meet the federal requirements for the program, plus the requirements set out by each community. This includes an eligible job offer from an employer in one of the participating communities.
Please refer to the table below for updated information about all participating communities and the timeline for communities to open.
Which communities are participating?
Eleven rural and northern communities across four Canadian provinces have been selected as part of the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. These communities, some of which already have populations of more than 100,000, will be able to invite newcomers to make these communities their new homes.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot was announced in January 2019 as a Canadian immigration initiative to address the labour market needs of smaller communities
As the Canadian population ages and the birth rate declines, rural Canada’s workforce has seen a significant decrease in available workers. The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot will help attract people that are needed to drive economic growth in these communities. The new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a five-year initiative aimed at testing community-driven approaches to address the labour market needs of smaller communities. Moreover, it is a potential alternative Canadian immigration option for people who have struggled through other immigration pathways, such as Express Entry.
Rural and Northern Pilot communities
See the interactive map below to see the locations of these communities. Click on any of the pins to learn more about a specific community.