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:

Cultural Occupations


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 Eligibility

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 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.


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

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