Updated: Feb 22, 2020
Claresholm, Alberta, opened applications for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) on February 11. The Town of Claresholm is the only municipality in Alberta that can recommend immigrants for permanent residence.
All candidates interested in applying for a recommendation through the RNIP must first meet the federal government’s eligibility requirements. They need at least one year of eligible work experience, meet language requirements, education requirements, as well as prove that they have enough funds to support themselves among other requirements.
Candidates are required to have an eligible job offer for a full-time permanent position in one of the participating communities. Once candidates receive a job offer, the Town of Claresholm may recommend that they become permanent residents.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in one of the participating communities.
The six communities that are now accepting applications through RNIP include:
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Vernon, British Columbia
The five other communities that have yet to start accepting applications are:
North Bay, Ontario
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), British Columbia
Each community will also have its own additional eligibility requirements, job search process and community recommendation application process.
Source: Canada Immigration Newsletter
Government of Canada