Rural And Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIPP)

This is a community-driven program, specially designed to help skilled foreign workers who intend to work and reside in participating communities. This is an easier medium for newcomers to get permanent residence, and also, gives an economic advantage to smaller communities that can hire them.

This program includes communities in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon.

How does the RNIPP work?

Community-driven Immigration Program

To be included in the pilot, communities must:

Steps  to Permanent Residence:

Federal Government Eligibility Requirements

Work Experience/International Student Exemption

Candidates must have qualifying work experience or have graduated from a publicly-funded post-secondary institution in the recommending community.

Work Experience

  • Candidates must have one year (1,560 hours) of full or part-time work experience in the last three years.
  • The work experience does not need to be continuous; it just needs to be accumulated in the last three years.
  • The work experience can be in more than one occupation and with different employers.
  • It must include most of the main and essential duties listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  • Unpaid and self-employed hours do not count.

Language Requirements

Candidates must have at least a Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) based on the National Occupational Classification of their job.

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

Educational Requirements

Candidates must have a Canadian high school diploma or an equivalent foreign credential with an accredited educational credential assessment (ECA) report.

Settlement Funds

Candidates must prove they have enough money to support themselves and their family members while they get settled in their community. This includes family members who may not be coming to Canada.

Candidates already working legally in Canada are exempt from settlement fund requirements.

Intention to Reside

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

Community-Specific Requirements

Each community included in the pilot has its own set of community-specific requirements.

Please visit the website of each community (listed in the table above) to research community-specific requirements.