Rural and Francophone Immigration Pilots | Two New PR Programs

Rural and Francophone Immigration Pilots | Two New PR Programs

Michael Zimmer Published:
June 15, 2024

The community application process for the Rural Community Immigration Pilot and the Francophone Community Immigration Pilot was initiated by the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC). Economic development organizations throughout Canada are encouraged to apply for either or both pilots. These organizations will submit applications on behalf of their communities, demonstrating their eligibility and outlining how immigration will enhance their local economies.

Rural and Francophone minority communities play a pivotal role in Canada's enduring growth and linguistic enriching. Nevertheless, these communities encounter distinct economic and demographic hurdles. Hence, the Government of Canada has introduced these two new pilot programs to draw skilled workers essential for nurturing their economies and societies.

Up to 15 communities will be chosen by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to take part in these pilot programs. Selection will be based on various factors including the communities' economic requirements, the presence of supportive services, programs for newcomers, and the capability of their economic development organizations to collaborate with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The selected participants will be announced by IRCC in the upcoming months, and their onboarding and training will commence in this autumn.

All interested organizations must apply using IRCC’s questionnaire by July 2, 2024.

Things to know about rural & francophone immigration pilot programs

  • The Rural Community Immigration Pilot (RCIP) and the Francophone Community Immigration Pilot (FCIP), when implemented together, will facilitate the processing of as many as 5,500 new permanent resident applications annually by IRCC.
  • Incorporating additional Francophone communities into regional economic immigration programs is a fundamental aspect of IRCC's Francophone Immigration Policy.
  • On October 31, 2023, IRCC unveiled "An Immigration System for Canada’s Future," a report charting a course for fortifying our immigration system to address the requirements of both Canada and newcomers more effectively. As part of the endeavour to execute the strategies outlined in the report, IRCC is actively investigating avenues to bolster regional immigration, which includes initiatives like the Rural Community Immigration Pilot.

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