New Canada Immigration Pilots are Launched to Boost Rural and Francophone Communities

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New Canada Immigration Pilots

On March 6, 2024, Immigration Minister Marc Miller announced new Canada immigration pilots for rural and Francophone minority communities. These include the Rural Community Immigration Pilot and the Francophone Community Immigration Pilot, launching in the fall of 2024. The rural pilot aims to address labor shortages in smaller communities, offering permanent residence pathways for newcomers. The Francophone pilot, based on the RNIP’s success, will increase the number of French-speaking newcomers in Francophone communities outside Quebec, aiding their economic development and demographic growth. The community application process opens this spring, with more details to follow.  

New Canada Immigration Pilots Application Process and Timeline

Prospective communities eager to participate in these pioneering immigration pilots can begin the application process this spring. More details regarding eligibility criteria and selection procedures will be forthcoming, providing municipalities with the guidance needed to embark on this transformative journey. As the fall of 2024 approaches, anticipation mounts for the implementation of these innovative pilots, poised to reshape the demographic landscape of rural and Francophone communities across Canada.

As IRCC works to make RNIP a permanent program, these new pilots will help attract and retain skilled foreign workers in rural and Francophone minority communities, boosting their economic and linguistic vitality. IRCC looks forward to continuing collaboration with these communities as we work to strengthen our immigration programs.

The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Stated:

“Rural and northern communities face unique economic and demographic challenges. However, through the RNIP, rural communities have been able to attract and retain skilled workers that they’ve needed for years to ensure their economic growth. That is why we will make RNIP a permanent program, and why we are introducing these two new pilot programs. We’ll continue to work closely with these communities, as we work to connect businesses with the skilled workers they need to thrive.”

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