What is the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot?

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a program the Canadian government offers to encourage skilled workers to settle in rural and northern communities across Canada:

1. North Bay, ON

7. Altona/Rhineland, MB

2. Sudbury, ON

8. Moose Jaw, SK

3. Timmins, ON

9. Claresholm, AB

4. Sault Ste. Marie, ON 

10. Vernon, BC

5. Thunder Bay, ON

11. West Kootenay

(Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson) BC

6. Brandon, MB



The program is designed to help address these communities' labour shortages and population decline by attracting new talent and diversity.


How can it help my business?

The RNIP can benefit Canadian businesses located in rural and northern communities in several ways:

  • Access to a larger pool of talent: The RNIP enables you to access a larger pool of skilled foreign workers who may not have considered working in these areas otherwise.
  • Fill labour shortages: The RNIP can help Canadian employers fill labour shortages in various industries, such as agriculture, forestry, and mining, by providing a pathway for skilled foreign workers to settle in these communities.
  • Support local economic growth: By attracting new talent and diversity to rural and northern communities, the RNIP can help boost local economic growth and stimulate innovation.
  • Retain talent: The RNIP encourages skilled foreign workers and their families to settle and integrate into their communities, which can help businesses retain talent for the long term.


What is the process?

The process for participating in the Rural Northern Immigration Pilot is as follows:

  • Apply to participate: Canadian employers located in designated communities can apply to participate in the program.
  • Identify eligible candidates: Employers must identify eligible candidates who meet the requirements of the program, including having a valid job offer and meeting the language and educational requirements.
  • Community recommendation: Candidates must receive a recommendation from the participating community where they will be working.
  • Apply for permanent residency: Candidates who receive a community recommendation can apply for permanent residency through the RNIP stream of the Express Entry program. Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements and compete against other applicants in the Express Entry pool.
  • Settlement plan: Successful candidates must develop and follow a settlement plan to help them integrate into the community and ensure they meet the conditions of their permanent residency.


The RNIP allows Canadian employers in designated communities to attract skilled foreign workers and diversity to their businesses. By following the appropriate steps and supporting the integration of these workers into their communities, Canadian businesses in rural and northern communities can benefit from a larger pool of talent, address labour shortages, and stimulate economic growth.


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