Canada’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot shows early success
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is having positive results within the first year of the program in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Thunder Bay officials welcomed approximately eighty (80) new people into their community this past year. The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission is expecting up to 150 people to participate in the RNIP program in 2021.
The RNIP Program started in June 2019 and offers permanent residency to skilled foreign workers who settle in rural and northern communities across Canada. RNIP was created to address labour shortages, drive economic growth, and help support middle-class jobs in rural areas of Canada struggling to find available workers. To be included in the pilot program, communities need to have a population of 50,000 or less and be located at least 75 kilometers from a Census Metropolitan Area. Alternatively, communities that have up to 200,000 in population and be considered remote, according to the Statistics Canada Remoteness Index, can participate as well.
Foreign skilled workers who want to participate in the RNIP program have a few steps to complete to apply for permanent residency under this pilot. Candidates must ensure they meet Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requirements as well as the community-specific requirements. Candidates must then find an eligible job within one of the eleven (11) participating communities. Once a candidate has a job offer, then he/she may apply for recommendation to the community of choice. If a community accepts the application and recommends the candidate, he/she can then apply for permanent residency.