The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot was launched in 2019 as an initiative to stimulate economic growth in those areas by attracting skilled workers.
The communities of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon participate in this program to attract newcomers and support their settlement. The program was introduced after the success of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP). The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot accepts applications from the rural and northern communities who want to participate in the program. These communities then receive support from the Federal Government to select new candidates for permanent residency, which can have a positive impact on the economic development of the region and community.
As of June 2019, eleven communities got selected to participate in the pilot. These communities will get a range of supports and programs to test the pilot.
In order to be considered for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIP), potential candidates must meet the following federal criteria as well as requirements established by the participating community where they are hoping to settle.
A community recommendation is based on the candidates:
Candidates must have performed the majority of the main duties and all the essential duties listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) for their profession as well as the activities listed in the lead statement.
Communities also need to submit an economic development plan supported by a local economic development organization that can manage the pilot. Moreover, the communities must demonstrate the employment opportunities available for newcomers and their ability to support settlement.