Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
A community-driven immigration initiative called the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) enables foreign citizens to obtain permanent residence in Canada. The program, often known as Canada’s RINP, provides international talent willing to live and work in any of the 11 involved communities a pathway to Canadian permanent residence. To help rural and isolated communities in Western Canada, Ontario, and the three territories hire and keep foreign employees, the Canadian government runs the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program.
The program’s purpose is to encourage talented foreign workers to migrate to Canada’s smaller communities and contribute to their growth. Through the program, the communities are given the chance to collaborate with IRCC and employers directly and draw in qualified employees to fill labour shortages. The program extends the advantages of economic immigration to smaller Canadian towns. The applicants must fulfill federal selection criteria, and community-specific eligibility requirements, and have a full-time, permanent job offer from a local employer in order to be eligible for the program.
The 11 communities that make up RINP are spread across the five Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. The 11 participating communities include
- North Bay, Ontario
- Sudbury, Ontario
- Timmins, Ontario
- Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
- Thunder Bay, Ontario
- Brandon, Manitoba
- Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
- Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
- Claresholm, Alberta
- Vernon, British Columbia
- West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), British Columbia
Steps to Apply for Canada PR under RINP
- Check EligibilityYou must confirm that you satisfy both the community’s and the IRCC’s requirements.
- Get a Job OfferThe employer making the employment offer must come from one of the participating communities.
- Application RecommendationThe next step is the lodge an application for a recommendation from the community.
- Submit a Canada PR Application If you get a recommendation from the company, it’s time to raise a complete Canada PR application.
As stated, the applicants must fulfill a number of requirements both at the federal level as well as the community level in order to be eligible for RINP.
The Federal Criteria Include But are not Limited to the Following
- Any of the participating communities must have offered the candidate a full-time job offer.
- The applicant must have had employment for at least a year in the preceding three years.
- Minimum educational qualifications must be met.
- The applicant must have a strong command of the language and meet the minimal linguistic criteria.
- The applicant must have graduated from a publicly-funded post-secondary institution in the referring community.
- The applicant must be financially stable to support himself and his family after immigration.
To Get a Recommendation from the Community, the Applicant Must
- Possess the required work experience and skills.
- Must have the intention to live in the community.
- Must fit into the community’s economic needs.
RINP Funding Requirement
The applicants must be financially capable of sustaining themselves and their families (including the members who are accompanying them to Canada as well as those who are not accompanying) after they arrive in Canada. Therefore, it is crucial that they prove their financial stability at the time of application. The same can be demonstrated using bank account statements, stock, bonds, and other similar documents. The minimal funds required vary according to the number of family members, with a general idea provided in the following table.
|No. of Family Members
|Required Minimum Funds (in CAD)
|7 or more