Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) Program

This is a community-driven program for attracting and retaining skilled workers in rural and northern regions of North Bay (ON), Sudbury (ON), Timmins (ON), Sault Ste. Marie (ON), Thunder Bay (ON), Brandon (MB), Altona/Rhineland (MB), Moose Jaw (SK), Claresholm (AB), Vernon (BC), West Kootenay i.e., Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson (BC).

How to apply?

Download the application forms from the IRCC website and submit them to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) – Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program in Sydney, Nova Scotia. You can submit them both online and on paper.


LanguageMust have CLB/NCLC 4 for skills level NOC C or NOC D, CLB/NCLC 5 for skills level NOC B, CLB/NCLC 6 for NOC 0 or skill level NOC A.
ExperienceMust have worked for 1 full year (1560 hours) during last 3 years in occupation NOC skill type 0 or skill level A, B, C or D. Both Canadian and outside of Canada work experience counts. International students who have obtained eligible credentials are exempt from the above work experience requirement.
Job OfferThey must obtain a valid non-seasonal, indeterminate job offer in skill type 0 or skill level A, B, C or D of the NOC and submit an IMM 5984 form. The employer must be located within the boundaries of the specific participating community.
EducationEducation must be either a Canadian high school or post-secondary education, or a foreign degree accredited in Canada in the last 5 years.
Settlement fundSufficient funds should be available (50 percent of the low-income cut-off totals for rural areas) including all family members if you are coming from outside of Canada. If you are lawfully working in Canada, you do not need the settlement fund.
OtherMust show the intent to reside in the participating communities.

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