Requirements For Rural And Northern Immigration Pilot

IRCC Eases Requirements For Rural And Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

IRCC Minister Sean Fraser mentioned 6 new positive changes to RNIP (Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot) to be effective from September 2022 in a recent  announcement. 

IRCC is increasing the geographic boundaries of 7 out of 11 participating communities in RNIP, so that more employers can benefit and bridge their top talent gap with immigration. The provinces with extended boundaries are as follows:

  1. North Bay (Ontario)
  2. Sudbury (Ontario)
  3. Timmins (Ontario)
  4. Thunder Bay (Ontario)
  5. Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan)
  6. West Kootenay (British Columbia)
  7. Vernon (British Columbia) Click here for RNIP community boundaries

IRCC has increased the pool of job offers available to individuals with relevant work experience to address the widening labour market gap especially in the trades and health care industries. The communities can participate until the end of pilot i.e., until August 2024. 

IRCC further lowered the minimum amount of settlement funds ensuring community partners can better support employers and applicants. 

What is a Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot?

  • Over 4 million Canadians work in rural areas constituting about 30% of the country’s GDP. The rural sector provides a crucial base and support to the businesses that support Canada’s thriving economy by supplying food, water, and electricity to metropolitan centres.
  • The participating communities under this pilot are North Bay (Ontario), Sudbury (Ontario), Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario), Thunder Bay (Ontario), Brandon (Manitoba), Altona/Rhineland (Manitoba), Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan), Claresholm (Alberta), West Kootenay (BC), and Vernon (BC).
  • As of June 30, 2022, 1130 immigrants have migrated to Canada via RNIP helping in bridging the labour gaps in critical industries including healthcare, hospitality and food services, retail, manufacturing, and transportation.
  • According to estimates, each of the participating villages is aiming to welcome 125 immigrants and their families.
  • In any given year, there could be a maximum of 2750 RNIP applications that can be received by IRCC.

Announcing these changes, Sean Fraser said “Rural and northern communities face unique economic and demographic challenges, and the expansion of RNIP announced today makes it that much easier for communities to fill their critical labour market needs. They also expand community boundaries so that employers in remote areas can access the program, helping to support economic development and growth in smaller communities across the country.”

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