Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: Now accepting applications

Two communities are now accepting applications from workers.

Two communities are now accepting applications from workers hoping to immigrate to one of Canada’s rural or northern communities. The communities of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba, are now officially accepting applications from hopeful newcomers.

It is expected that other communities will open to applicants in the near future. Brandon, Manitoba has announced they will begin accepting applications from workers as of December 1, 2019, with Claresholme, Alberta announcing it will begin accepting applications in January, 2020.

Those interested in applying to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program should pay attention in the coming weeks and months as it is likely the other participating communities will be making similar announcements from Expressway Immigration

About the pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program. It’s designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in 1 of the participating communities.

Who can apply

To be eligible for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program, you must meet all IRCC eligibility requirements. You must

  • have qualifying work experience or have graduated from a publicly funded post-secondary institution in the recommending community
  • meet or exceed the language requirements
  • meet or exceed the educational requirements
  • prove you have enough money to support your transition into the community
  • intend to live in the community
  • meet community-specific requirements

If you meet all of the requirements, you can start to look for an eligible job in the community.

Job offer requirements

The job you’re offered must meet all of these requirements:

  • the job must be full-time
    • this means mean you work at least 30 paid hours per week
  • the job must be non-seasonal
    • in general, this means you have consistent and regularly scheduled paid employment throughout the year
  • your employment is permanent
    • this means that there is no set end date
  • the wage must meet or exceed the Job Bank’s minimum wage for your job offer’s NOC
  • your experience must show that you can perform the duties of the job offered

Skill level

Your job offer must be at the same skill level, 1 level above or 1 level below the NOC that matches your work experience.

Exception: If your experience is in NOC skill level D, then the job you’re being offered must be in the same occupation.

For example:

  • NOC 0 job offer: work experience in NOC 0 or A
  • NOC A job offer: work experience in NOC 0, A or B
  • NOC B job offer: work experience in NOC A, B or C
  • NOC C job offer: work experience in NOC B or C
  • NOC D job offer: work experience in NOC D

We’ll review the main duties of your job offer to confirm that it meets the NOC skill level.


Quick facts on the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

  • Communities will be responsible for candidate recruitment and endorsement for permanent residence.
  • Newcomers are expected to begin to arrive under this pilot in 2020.
  • Communities worked with local economic development organizations to submit an application which demonstrated how they met the eligibility criteria (outlined above) by March 11, 2019.
  • The Atlantic Immigration Pilot was launched in March 2017 as part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The four Atlantic provinces are able to endorse up to 2,500 workers in 2019 under that pilot to meet labour market needs in the region.
  • Rural communities employ over four million Canadians and account for almost 30% of the national GDP.
  • Rural Canada supplies food, water, and energy for urban centres, sustaining the industries that contribute to Canada’s prosperous economy.
  • Between 2001 and 2016, the number of potential workers has decreased by 23% percent, while the number of potential retirees has increased by 40%.

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