On February 11, 2020, the community of Claresholm, Alberta, became the fifth community participating in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) to open to applicants. There are six communities that have not yet opened to applicants, and while the program is experiencing some delays, most communities should begin accepting applicants in the coming months.
With the addition of Claresholm, the only participating community from Alberta, the five communities that are currently open include:
- Claresholm, Alberta
- Vernon, British Columbia
- Sault Ste-Marie, Ontario
- Brandon, Manitoba
- Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
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 so for to immigration through other 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.