Rural And Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIP)


Rural And Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIP)

The RNIP is an economic pilot program targeted to foreign nationals who have received a recommendation from a participating community and obtained a job offer within the same community’s boundaries; who meet minimum education, work experience, language proficiency, and settlement fund requirements; and who intend to reside in the recommending community.

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program. It’s designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in one of the participating communities.

You may apply through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot if you meet the eligibility requirements and plan to settle permanently in one of these participating communities:

  • North Bay (Ontario)
  • Sudbury (Ontario)
  • Timmins (Ontario)
  • Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario)
  • Thunder Bay (Ontario)
  • Brandon (Manitoba)
  • Altona/Rhineland (Manitoba)
  • Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan)
  • Claresholm (Alberta)
  • Vernon (British Columbia)
  • West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson) (British Columbia)

Before you can apply to immigrate to Canada through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, you must first receive a recommendation from the designated Economic Development Organization (EDO) of a participating community. You need to apply directly to the EDO for a recommendation.

Eligibility requirements

Intend to live in the community

To participate in the pilot, you must plan to live permanently in the community.

Work Experience

If you graduated from a Canadian public post-secondary institution in the community, you may be exempt from the work experience requirement below.

You must have the following work experience:

Within the last three years, you have accumulated at least one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) work experience in any occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC)

Job Offer

You must have a job offer that is:

From an employer that carries on business in the community;

Located in the community

International students (Work experience exemption)

If you are an international student who graduated with a degree, diploma, certificate or trade or apprenticeship credential from a Canadian public post-secondary institution located in the community, you are exempt from the work experience requirement.

To qualify for this exemption, you must have graduated with A credential from a 2+ year-long post-secondary program, and you were studying as a full-time student for the full duration of the 2+ years received the credential within 18 months before your application for permanent residence were in the community for at least 16 months of the last 24 months spent studying to obtain your credential;


A master’s degree or higher of less than 2 years, and you were studying as a full-time student for the duration of your degree obtained your degree within 18 months before your application were in the community for the length of your studies

Language requirements

The minimum language requirements for each NOC category are:

TEER 0 and 1: CLB/NCLC 6

TEER 2 and 3: CLB/NCLC 5

TEER 4 and 5: CLB/NCLC 4

Funds needed to settle in Canada

  • You must submit proof to show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada. Examples of documents you can submit are:
  • Current bank statements or certification letter;
  • Proof of your savings balance;
  • Deposit statements.
  • You do not have to submit this proof if you are already working in Canada with a valid work permit.

The amount of money you need to support your family is set by the size of your family and are based on 12.5% of the low income cut-off totals for rural areas.

Biometric (fingerprints and photo) requirements

You and your family members may need to appear in person to have fingerprints and a photograph (biometric information) taken at a biometric collection service point.

Get in touch with us to see your options to migrate through this program.

Contact Jiauddin Immigration today to learn more about these program and find out if you qualify for this program.


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