Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is the first community-based immigration pilot program launched by Immigration Canada and designated cities (the municipal governments) in the fall of 2019. The participated communities are located in northern and rural places of Canada, their population are small and aging, so supplement the labor force to promote local population growth and economic development is the first priority job to local government. The program aims to solve the labor shortage problem with a view to achieving mutual benefit for both local enterprises and new immigrants. The design of the RNIP program also refers to the successful experience of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), which also makes the government very confident in the success of this 5-year program. The RNIP program announced a total of 11 pilot cities.


List of Pilot Cities

Community Community Website
North Bay, ON
Sudbury, ON
Timmins, ON
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Thunder Bay, ON
Brandon, MB
Altona/Rhineland, MB
Moose Jaw, SK
Claresholm, AB
Vernon, BC
West Kootenay(Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC


Program Advantages

New Program, new opportunities: The pilot was formally implemented in September 2019 for 5 years period, and it was supported by the federal government with high stability.
Favorable application conditions: High school credentials or above,

work experience either inside or outside Canada.

Processing time Community recommendation + permanent resident visa ,

roughly about 12-18 months.

Language requirements Language level only needs to match current job type.
Accompany family members: Spouse and dependent children who are under 22 years old and unmarried.


Application Requirements

Requirements Work Experience Category International Students Category
Post-secondary program of 2 years or longer A master’s degree or higher
Work Experience 1 year of continuous work experience (at least 1,560 hours) in the past 3 years;

count the hours inside or outside Canada; must be in 1 occupation, but they can be with different employers

Work experience criteria exempted if you’re an international student who graduated from the public schools of the RNIP participated communities.
Education NOC (National Occupation Classification) 0 and A: bachelor

NOC B: college

NOC C and D: high school

Full-time study for the full duration of the 2+ years;

were in the community for at least 16 of the last 24 months for the length of your studies.

Full-time study for the duration of your degree;

were in the community for the length of your studies

Received the credential no more than 18 months before your application for permanent residence
Job Offer Full-time and long-term job offer from a designated employer of RNIP, NOC 0, A, B, C, D
Language Requirement NOC 0 and A: CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) 6


NOC C and D: CLB 4

Community Recommendation Get community recommendations in participating pilot programs
Settlement Funds You should have sufficient funds to support you and your family’s life in Canada. If you already live in Canada and hold a valid work permit and are working, you do not need to provide proof of funding. For example: household of family of three – $ 4959


Online registration for employer and employee

Same as AIPP program, RNIP Program is also an employer-driven program.

Seed Immigration Consulting has been committed to integrating global human resources and establishing long-term and in-depth cooperative relationships with local Canadian companies for many years. Our convenient online registration platform can establish a bridge between local Canadian employers and foreign employees: allow companies to quickly match qualified employees and solve the problem of labor shortages; and allow foreign skilled workers to apply Canadian permanent resident status in a short time, to achieve a win-win situation for enterprises and foreign technical talents. 

If you are an employer, you can use the “Employer Online Registration” below to indicate to us the positions and requirements that the company needs to recruit; if you are interested in seeking a real and valid job in the RNIP designated communities and allows you to apply for Canadian permanent residence through the RNIP program, please complete the registration via “Employee Online Registration” below.


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