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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program is a community-focused program intended to help smaller communities in Canada. It benefits both the communities and the foreign workers by matching the demand and supply of skilled labour and paving a path to permanent residence for these workers simultaneously.
The Participating Communities for the RNIP Program are mentioned below:
|Name of Community||Website Links|
|North Bay, ON||https://northbayrnip.ca/|
|Sault Ste. Marie, ON||www.welcometossm.com|
|Thunder Bay, ON||www.gotothunderbay.com|
|Moose Jaw, SK||https://www.moosejawrnip.ca/|
|West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC||https://wk-rnip.ca/|
The IRCC eligibility requirements for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program are given below:
|Language Proficiency||You must take one of the approved language tests, i.e. IELTS, CELPIP-G, TEF Canada or TCF Canada and get a minimum language score of:
• NOC C and D: CLB/NCLC 4
• NOC B: CLB/NCLC 5
• NOC 0 and A: CLB/NCLC 6
|Work Experience||You must have a minimum of 12 months of work experience and should be:
• For a full-time position; or equivalent time in a part-time position;
• Within the last three years of application.
|Settlement Funds||You have to prove that you have sufficient money to support yourself and your dependent family members even if they’re not accompanying you.|
|Intent to live in the community||You must plan to live in the specific community and may be asked for the plan to participate in the pilot.|
|Community Requirements||Every participating community in the RNIP program has its specific requirements. You can visit the websites mentioned above to learn more.|
|Education||You should have ‘one’ of these:
• Canadian Post-Secondary Degree, Diploma or Certificate
• Canadian Secondary School Diploma
• An Education Credential Assessment report for your foreign education through a designated organization must be equal to one of the above Canadian Equivalencies.
|International Student – Work Experience Exemption||If you were an international student who graduated from an institution in one of the communities with a:
• Post-secondary program of minimum two years;
• A Master’s Degree or Higher
You are exempted from gaining the work experience mentioned above.
Advantages of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program:
- Lower eligibility requirements in terms of work experience and language proficiency
- Giving back to the community by staying in a developing society which needs skilled people
- Being able to afford decent housing, which is hard to do in big cities