Canada’s anticipated Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is finally open for applications.

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, also known as RNIP kicked of its pilot in the following communities.

  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba

The first dedicated local website for the above-mentioned pilot surfaced on November 15th, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie and Altona/Rhineland

These 2 communities as part of their pilot are now accepting applications from candidates with an eligible offer of genuine, permanent and full-time employment from a local employer.


Thunder Bay, Ontario

Thunder Bay is currently in the process of collecting inquires from local employers who are interested to participate in the pilot. Selected employers will be allowed to post job vacancies as and when required on the website beginning from December 1, 2019.


When fully operational the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) will allow employers in 11 participating communities in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia to recruit eligible foreign workers. The websites for the remaining participating communities are “coming soon” according to IRCC.


How to apply?

The most important requirement to apply for RNIP would be to have a job offer from an approved employer from any one of the participating communities. 

Candidates with an acceptable job offer can then apply for community recommendation; if accepted they can submit an application for Canadian permanent residence from IRCC.

Each participating community has a restriction on the number of recommendations that it can make annually. An average of approximately 100 principal applicants and their immediate family members could be welcomed in each participating community, “but this will vary by community.” said a spokesperson for IRCC.

The number of permanent residences allowed in a particular community will depend on the needs of that community. The pilot could potentially approve as many as 2,750 principal applicants and their families for permanent residence annually.


Other than having a job offer from an approved employer the candidate must meet both federal requirements and the community criteria that vary from community to community.

For eg: Both Sault Ste. Marie and Altona/Rhineland are using their very own points-based systems to prioritize candidates for recommendation.

According to Sault Ste. Marie the score of a candidate will help them sort recommendations for candidates who will potentially be able to contribute to an emerging need in the local economy.

Altona/Rhineland requires interested candidates to create and register an online profile using a platform operated by its local economic development corporation, SEED.

SEED reported that nearly 2,000 profiles had already been created, as of last week.



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