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Why Immigrate to Rural and Northern Canada for Employment?

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"There are several pathways one might take to immigrate to Canada. The most common and popular is the federal Express Entry system. Most immigrants want to settle in the metropolitan areas in Canada and therefore, they apply through the Express Entry system."
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Published on:  Dec 7, 2021
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There are several pathways one might take to immigrate to Canada. The most common and popular is the federal Express Entry system. Most immigrants want to settle in the metropolitan areas in Canada and therefore, they apply through the Express Entry system. However, this also means that the process becomes more competitive and the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required also keeps increasing. 

For immigrants who are on the lookout for semi or low-skilled jobs, the Express Entry system is not a good option. Therefore, it is time to consider an alternative such as the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). 

What Is the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)?

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) was designed to encourage economic immigration to the rural and northern areas in Canada. These communities require semi-skilled and skilled foreign workers who can permanently settle there and join the workforce to sustain economic development.

Are There Jobs In Rural and Northern Canada?

Not only do these communities have employment opportunities with competitive wages, but they also have a low cost of living, affordable housing, and less traffic. This enables them to offer a peaceful living environment amid Canada’s untouched natural wilderness. 

The RNIP is a community and employer-driven program. That means that applicants require a valid job offer from an employer in the community and also a recommendation from that community. The applicant’s ability to adapt to that environment and integrate into the community will also be judged. Once the applicant meets both community and federal requirements, they will be approved for Canadian permanent residence. 

Which Communities Are Participating in the RNIP?

Currently, 11 communities across 5 provinces are participating in this pilot to offer an immigration pathway to foreign workers who may want to settle in these areas. 

RNIP Communities


West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC

Accepting Applications

Vernon, BC

Accepting Applications

North Bay, ON

Accepting Applications 

Sudbury, ON

Accepting Applications 

Timmins, ON

Accepting Applications

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Accepting Applications

Thunder Bay, ON

Accepting Applications

Claresholm, AB

Accepting Applications

Brandon, MB

Accepting Applications

Altona/Rhineland, MB

Accepting Applications 

Moose Jaw, SK

Accepting Applications 

These RNIPs will be open until December 31, 2022. Each community has its unique eligibility requirements. However, all applicants will be required to have a job offer for an occupation that is in demand in that respective community. Certain communities also have designated employers that hire foreign workers. 

In addition to that, to obtain permanent residence, the applicant will have to meet certain requirements by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), including:

  • Having qualifying work experience and education experience in the respective community
  • Demonstrate language proficiency in English or French
  • Have the required education level
  • Have sufficient funds to resettle in the respective community with your family
  • Meet the community-specific requirements

How to Get a Recommendation from the Community

To get a recommendation, you will be required to meet the requirements set by that respective community. Then your profile will be assessed on a points-based grid system. There is a minimum number of points that are required to receive a community recommendation. For example, Sault Ste. Marie nominates applicants who score 70 points or above. The eligibility criteria are based on the following factors:

  • Age
  • Valid job offer from a designated employer
  • Education level
  • Work experience
  • Language proficiency
  • A previous visit to the community
  • A personal connection to the community in the way of family members residing in the community
  • Valid driver’s license from your home country
  • Ability to adapt to living in a community with less than 10,000 people 
  • Work or educational experience of a spouse or common-law partner

What Are the Top-In Demand Jobs In Rural and Northern Canada?

The following occupations are in-demand in rural and northern Canada:

  • Professional occupations in nursing   
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 
  • Professional occupations in health (except nursing)   
  • Specialist physicians
  • Technical occupations in health   
  • Medical laboratory technologists
  • Assisting occupations in support of health services   
  • Biological technologists and technicians
  • Paramedical occupations
  • Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences   
  • Forestry professionals 
  • Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences   
  • Professional occupations in business and finance   
  • Project Manager, HR Manager, and Administrative Officer
  • Processing, manufacturing, and utility supervisors and central control operators   
  • Supervisors, food and beverage processing
  • Middle management occupations in trades, transportation, production, and utilities
  • Professional occupations in education services   
  • Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
  • Care providers and educational, legal, and public protection support occupations
  • Home child care providers
  • Hospitality   
  • Chefs and Cooks
  • Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
  • Industrial, electrical, and construction trades   
  • Industrial electricians
  • Homebuilding and renovation managers
  • Other installers, repairers and servicers, and material handler   
  • Machine fitters
  • Transport and heavy equipment operation and related maintenance occupations
  • Heavy equipment operators, Welders
  • Machining tool operators
  • Trades helpers, construction laborers, and related occupations   
  • Bricklayers
  • Processing, manufacturing, and utility supervisors and central control operators   
  • Processing and manufacturing machine operators and related production workers   
  • Machining tool operators
  • Assemblers in manufacturing
  • Transport and heavy equipment operation and related maintenance occupations, such as transport truck drivers
  • Railway and motor transport laborers
  • Laborers in processing, manufacturing, and utilities   
  • Laborers in metal fabrication
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