Federal Rural & Northern Immigration

For immigrants interested in settling outside of Canada’s big cities

rural and northern

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.

Applications for the Rural and Northern Immigration

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.

Skilled workers

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.

Communities

Pilot communities were selected based on:

  • their economic need for immigration
  • the resources and community partners in place to administer the pilot and
  • whether the federal government has existing newcomer settlement partners and resources in the community

The communities participating in the pilot are:

  • North Bay, ON
  • Sudbury, ON
  • Timmins, ON
  • Sault St. Marie, ON
  • Thunder Bay, ON
  • Brandon, MB
  • Rhineland/Plum Coulee /Gretna/Altona, MB
  • Moose Jaw, SK
  • Claresholm, AB
  • Vernon, BC
  • West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC

How to apply to a community

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.

What you can expect from a community

This pilot is community-driven, meaning the communities will:

  • promote the pilot and their community to prospective candidates
  • identify job opportunities in the local economy and work to match applicants to jobs
  • assess prospective candidates who:
    • best fit the economic needs of the community
    • have a genuine employment opportunity
    • have the intention of staying in the community
  • recommend candidates for permanent residence to IRCC for a final decision
  • provide a welcoming community for immigrants
  • connect immigrants to established members of the community and settlement services
  • report on the results of the pilot
For further information or questions regarding the The Rural and Northern Immigration requirements, please feel free to contact us. If you would like to know whether you could be eligible to come to Canada, we invite you to complete our FREE online assessment.

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