Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Canada operates the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) to encourage immigrants to strengthen smaller communities spread across rural regions in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, and Alberta. The program is suitable for immigrant workers who wish to settle in smaller and remote territories. 

The community-driven RNIP program aims to boost economic growth in these areas. It is a joint initiative of the rural communities and the federal government of Canada. You can get in touch with any established immigration consultant to explore your options of settling in rural Canada through the RNIP program. 


Most immigrants who head to the north prefer settling mainly in urban provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. Immigrants need to consider living in rural communities as these communities offer higher compensation, low competition, and lower cost of living. These benefits are in addition to the fair-weather conditions and breathtaking natural beauty of the countryside. The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot encourages aspiring immigrants to focus on these attributes and apply for permanent residency. 

Applicants can choose from the following communities to participate in the RNIP program:


  • Claresholm 


  • Timmons
  • North Bay
  • Sudbury
  • Sault Ste-Marie 
  • Thunder Bay

British Columbia:

  • West Kootenay Region
  • Vernon


  • Altona/ Rhineland
  • Brandon


  • Moose Jaw

The RNIP program caters to the growing labor market needs of these communities. The decline in the rural workforce is because of an aging population and a notable decrease in local candidates. Aspiring candidates must meet the requirements of each community and federal criteria to become eligible to participate in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. The RNIP is an excellent option for foreign workers who may find it challenging to immigrate through Express Entry or other immigration pathways. difficult 

Immigrating through the RNIP

International workers have access to jobs in diverse professions like:

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Police services
  • Food Processing
  • Information Technology
  • Aviation and Aerospace
  • Dentistry 
  • Meat processing
  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture

Get a valid job offer with a permanent position matching your work experience and educational credentials to be eligible for the RNIP program. The job should not be seasonal. It must provide you with consistent work opportunities with a minimum of 30 hours of paid work every week. The compensation has to be at par or higher than the minimum wage for your occupation as per National Occupation Classification (NOC). 

The following are vital eligibility criteria to apply for immigration through the RNIP program:

  • Educational credential of post-secondary studies from the chosen community or a total of 12 months of work experience in the past three years
  • Moderate level of language proficiency 
  • A minimum diploma level education that is equivalent to a Canadian high-school diploma education
  • Intent to work and live in the community
  • Fulfill the requirements of the community and those of the federal government
  • Financial ability to support the living expenditure of self and family members

Applying for the RNIP program

Finding a suitable position that matches your education and work experience in the province is the first step to begin your immigration through the RNIP program. Ensure that you are meeting the specific requirements of the community and deferral government. Get a valid job offer from an employer in the community to prepare your application for the RNIP program.

 The application will need supporting documents like educational credentials, language test results, certificates of work experience from past employers. You will also require applying for a visa to the relevant authority that manages the RNIP in the community of your choice. 

Securing the help of an established Canadian immigration service is significant to navigating through the complex Canadian immigration pathways. SunnySpire offers trustworthy immigration services to aspiring immigrants willing to study, work, and settle in rural and northern Provinces through the RNIP program. Call us today to initiate your application process. 

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