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Travel Restrictions Limits the Growth of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

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"Given the ongoing global pandemic, the Canadian government had to impose certain restrictions on the border and international travel. These restrictions have hampered the growth of the Rural and Northern Immigration Program (RNIP). Participating communities have experienced a decline in the number of immigrants coming through the program leading to local businesses facing a shortage of workers."
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Published on:  Jul 2, 2021
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Given the ongoing global pandemic, the Canadian government had to impose certain restrictions on the border and international travel. These restrictions have hampered the growth of the Rural and Northern Immigration Program (RNIP). Participating communities have experienced a decline in the number of immigrants coming through the program leading to local businesses facing a shortage of workers. 

In 2021, Sudbury could nominate only 39 workers through the program against the target of 150 new immigrants. Including the accompanying family members of the nominated applicants, only 80 people have since moved to the area. While the RNIP is there to assist in filling vacancies, the ongoing travel restrictions have made it harder to invite overseas applicants. 

The RNIP was launched in 2019 to encourage economic immigration to rural and northern communities of Canada. Currently, 11 communities across the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario are participating in the pilot program. It is a 5 year program aimed at addressing local labor market shortages and helping the communities retain new immigrants. For provincial and territorial PNP programs.

What Are the Requirements for the Communities to Participate in the RNIP?

To be eligible to participate in the RNIP, the community must:

  • Have a population of at least 50,000 or less and be located within 75 km of a Census Metropolitan Area or
  • Have a population of at least 200,000 and be remote from other larger cities according to the Statistics Canada Remoteness Index

Applicants interested in this pilot will be required to meet 2 types of eligibility criteria. One for the federal government and another for the community they will be residing in. Applicants require a valid job offer from an employer based in one of the participating communities and a community recommendation to be eligible for permanent residency through this program.

What Are the Requirements to Gain Permanent Residency Through the RNIP?

To apply for permanent residency, applicants must meet the following federal government eligibility requirements:

Work Experience: 

You must have at least 1 year of full-time, paid work experience accumulated in the last 3 years before applying. Part-time work experience will also be considered if it adds up to a total of 1,560 hours. International students are exempt from requiring work experience if they meet the following requirements:

  • Graduate with a 2-year long post-secondary program based in the community or with a master’s degree or higher from elsewhere
  • Study as a full-time student for at least 2 years or the duration of the degree
  • Receive the degree no more than 18 months before the date of application
  • Reside in the community for at least half of the length of your study program

Language Proficiency: 

You must meet the required score on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for English and French-based on the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code of your occupation. Occupations classified as NOC code 0 and A require a CLB level 6. Occupations classified as NOC code B require a CLB level 5. Occupations classified as NOC code C or D require a CLB level 4. See the IELTS TEF CELPIP Calculator to convert your test scores for CLB.

Education level: 

You must have at least a high school diploma or a foreign equivalent attested with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.

Settlement Funds: 

You must demonstrate sufficient funds to support yourself and your family’s settlement in the community. If you are already employed in Canada, then you are exempt from this requirement. Based on the number of your family members, the settlement fund requirement will be different:

Number of Family Members

Settlement Fund Requirement

1

$8,772

2

$10,858

3

$13,348

4

$16,206

5

$18,380

6

$20,731

7 or more

$23,080


Intention to Reside: 

You must intend to reside in the community after gaining permanent residence. 

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