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Prepared by Zilpah D’Souza; Hema Upreti; Edited by Samuel Francis Gills on September 7, 2022

Program adjustments have been introduced to increase community borders in order to meet labour market needs in rural areas. At a press conference in Timmins on August 26, Minister of Immigration Sean Fraser disclosed an expansion to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). The RNIP is a route to immigration that works closely with a few rural towns in Canada to draw in foreign talent and solve employment shortfalls in such areas.

The expansion consists of actions like:

  • the following participating communities’ boundaries are widened to allow for the participation of more employers: North Bay, Sudbury, Timmins, Thunder Bay, Moose Jaw, West Kootenay, and Vernon are all cities in Ontario (BC).
  • increasing the pool of employment offers available to individuals with relevant work experience will help address labour market gaps in the trades and healthcare industries.
  • extending the time for community participation till the completion of the pilot program in August 2024
  • lowering the minimum amount of settlement cash that participants must possess.

The government agency responsible for immigration, refugees, and citizenship (IRCC) emphasized the need of luring francophone immigrants to rural areas of Canada outside of Quebec. It is encouraging to make sure that French-speaking immigrants have a seamless integration process and to take steps to both expand the number of francophones and work to keep them.

 

 

Communities that take part

Eleven Canadian communities from Northern Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba take part in the RNIP.

  • North Bay, Ontario
  • Sudbury, Ontario
  • Timmins, Ontario
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Brandon, Manitoba
  • Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • Claresholm, Alberta
  • Vernon, British Columbia
  • West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), British Columbia

A maximum of 125 candidates from each town may be invited annually, for a total programme capacity of 2,750. 1,130 newcomers have entered Canada as of June 30 according to the IRCC. In industries like healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, retail, and hospitality, they have assisted in filling shortages.

The purpose of RNIP

Since most immigrants to Canada opt to reside in larger cities, some regions of Canada do not gain from immigration.

The expansion of the RNIP, which was just announced, will make it simpler for rural and northern towns to meet their pressing labor market needs, according to Fraser. These regions face economic and demographic issues. Additionally, they “extend community limits so that employers in rural locations can utilize the program, supporting economic growth in smaller communities across the country.

Programs like RNIP are designed to encourage rural communities and prospective immigrants to cooperate in order to boost local economies and assist immigrants as they settle in Canada.

The Atlantic Immigration Program, an employer-driven initiative that makes it easier for foreign nationals to find employment in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, is the model upon which the RNIP is built. Since the program’s inception in 2022, 167 new permanent residents have been successfully accepted. The IRCC claims that by expanding RNIP, they can achieve the same success.

 

 

RNIP immigration procedures

Meeting certain standards is necessary to immigrate through RNIP. To begin with, you have to be a graduate of a publicly supported post-secondary institution in the recommended community or have qualifying job experience. Your National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill code occupation requires work experience of 1,560 hours, acquired during the three years prior to application.

There are further requirements for language proficiency and education, as well as the ability to demonstrate that you have the resources to sustain yourself while you settle. Additionally, you need to be able to demonstrate your intention to reside in the area.

Additionally, you must adhere to community-specific standards. You must consult the official town website of the community you want to live in as these requirements vary by location. If you satisfy all the prerequisites, you can begin searching for suitable employment in your neighborhood.

You can submit your application for community endorsement after receiving a job offer. You can apply for permanent residency if a community recommends you. Typically, a designated community economic development agency makes a recommendation on behalf of the community.

Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn about finding employment in Canada, making your initial days stress-free, etc.


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