The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot may become permanent

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The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) has the potential to become a permanent immigration program. According to Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the RNIP has been an enormous success, and communities that participate in the program want to bring more people in through the program. 

The RNIP communities recruit skilled immigrants as part of the five-year RNIP project to fill the labor shortage in small communities with an aging population and a lack of skilled workers.

Skilled immigrants are recruited through the five-year RNIP to work in smaller areas with aging populations and labor shortages. The RNIP launched as the COVID-19 pandemic was about to spread, and despite travel and public health limitations that made immigration challenging, 390 new permanent residents were accepted under the program in 2021, according to the most recent information from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

Then, through the RNIP, that number increased by more than three times last year to reach 1,360 new permanent residents. 

The RNIP has only collected data for the month of January so far this year, but even with that limited data, the program welcomed 510 new permanent residents.  

If the RNIP maintains that many arrivals, there could be 6,120 immigrants arriving under the program this year, which is more than four times as many as there were in 2018. 


Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is an initiative driven by the local community. By providing a route to permanent residency for skilled foreign workers who desire to live and work in one of the participating communities, it aims to expand the advantages of economic immigration to smaller areas.


Participating communities in RNIP

These are communities participating in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

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

To be included in the pilot, communities must:

  • have a population of 50,000 or fewer and be situated at least 75 kilometers from the center of a census metropolitan area; or,
  • according to the Statistics Canada Remoteness Index, has a population of up to 200,000 and is situated far from other major cities.


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