The main idea of this program is to fill labour shortages and fuel economic growth in rural communities by matching them with prospective immigrants interested in settling outside of Canada’s big cities. The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program requires rural communities to submit a thorough plan identifying available middle-class job opportunities and developing social support infrastructure to help the newcomers settle.
The Government of Canada will begin accepting applications from eligible permanent resident applicants in the fall of 2019.
The community application period is now closed. The deadline for eligible communities was March 11, 2019.
A candidate needs to find a job with an employer in 1 of the participating communities.
If a community endorses the candidate and he/she is successful in applying for permanent residence, the candidate then move there to work and live.
Pilot communities were selected based on:
Details on how to apply to a community will be available later in 2019.
For now, you can research the different communities and find out more about them.
This pilot is community-driven, meaning the communities will: