Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

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    Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a community-led program for small communities by providing Canada PR to foreign skilled workers who want to live and work in any one of the eleven participating communities. 

    List of 11 Participating Communities

    Participating Communities
    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 

    Role of the Communities in RNIP

    The role that the community plays are:

    • Evaluating aspirants who fit the community needs and stay in the community 
    • Recommending the right aspirant to IRCC for Canada PR 
    • Connecting newcomers to settlement services
    • Mentoring opportunities with community members 

    RNIP – Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for Canada PR through RNIP, you must meet work experience, language, education and financial requirements, etc. 

    • Meet IRCC requirements 
    • Meet community-specific requirements
    • Get a valid job offer from a community employer 
    • After community recommendation, apply for Canada PR 

    Let’s discuss these requirements in detail below. 

    Work Experience Requirements

    • You must have a minimum work experience of one year (1,560 hours) in the last 3 years. You can count hours, 
    1. of both part-time and full-time work 
    2. from more than 1 occupation or employer 
    3. must be more than 12 months of work 
    4. of both inside Canada or outside of Canada

    NOTE: Do not count hours for unpaid work or when you were self-employed unless it is medical practitioner work 

    No Work Experience Required for International Students!

    If you are an International student you are exempt from the work experience criteria as long as you, 

    • Completed a two-year post-secondary program 
      a. Have been studying as a full-time student for 2 years or more 
      b. Spent at least 16 of the last 24 months studying to obtain the certificate in the community
    • Have a master’s or higher degree lasting less than 2 years
    • Applied for Canada PR no later than 18 months after receiving your degree
    • Were part of the community during the length of your studies

    International students can not apply if their program

    • made up more than half duration of the total program (including studies of English and French language)
    • was a distance learning program for more than half duration 
    • included a scholarship or fellowship that requires you to return to your home country

    Language Requirements

    • Meet language requirements based on NOC; this can either be 
    1. Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)


    1. Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC)
    NOC Category Language Requirements
    TEER 0 and 1 CLB/NCLC 6
    TEER 2 and 3CLB/NCLC 5
    TEER 4 and 5CLB/NCLC 4
    • Submit results from designated language test 
    • Result must be less than 2 years old 

    Educational Requirements

    You must have one of the following:

    Either Canadian Educational Credential such as, Or Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) by a designated organization that
    Canadian secondary school (high school) diplomais less than 5 years old
    Canadian post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degreeShows that you completed a foreign credential equivalent to Canadian education 

    Financial Requirements

    You must show that you have enough funds to support yourself and your family in Canada unless you are already working in Canada with a valid work permit. 

    NOTE: Do not borrow money from anyone else. This should solely be your money to pay your family’s living costs even if they are not coming with you to Canada. 

    • The funds you require depend on your family size. 
    Family Members Required Funds 
    1CAD 2,367
    2CAD 2,947
    3CAD 3,623
    4CAD 4,399
    5CAD 4,989
    6CAD 5,627
    7CAD 6,265
    If 7+ then for each additional member CAD 637

    The counting family members include:

    • you
    • your spouse or common-law partner
    • dependent children 
    • your spouse or common-law partner’s dependent children

    NOTE: You will be required to have funds for your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children, even if they are, 

    1. Canadian citizens or PR Holders 
    2. Not coming with you to Canada 

    Additional Requirements

    To be eligible for RNIP, you must 

    • have an intention to live in the community 
    • fulfill the community-specific requirements

    Employment Requirements

    Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot jobs requirements are, 

    • Find a full-time non-seasonal job within any one community.
    • Find an employer who continues the business within the community.
    • The wage of this permanent job must meet or exceed the Job Bank’s minimum wage of your NOC
    • You must have relevant experience for the job offer

    The job offer must not be from: 

    • A consulate 
    • A staffing agency 
    • Your own or spouse/common-law partner’s business 
    • An employer referred to in paragraphs 200(3)(g.1) and (h) of IRPR (Immigration and Refugees Protection Regulations)

    Community Requirements

    To get community recommendation, you must meet community-specific requirements. 

    General Requirements: 

    • Provide copies of documents. 
    • Meet requirements of RNIP
    • Have a valid job offer 

    Apply for PR Through RNIP

    • Fill out the online application form 
    1. Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)
    2. Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)
    3. Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)
    4. Supplementary Information – Your travels (IMM 5562)
    • Fill out the PDF forms 
    1. Document Checklist (IMM 5987)
    2. Schedule 1 – Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (IMM 5911)
    • Provide biometrics and pay the fees 
    • Answer all questions on your e-application and submit it with a fee receipt

    Work Permit (Optional)

    If you have applied for PR through RNIP you may be eligible for a 1-year work permit. 

    This work permit lets you, 

    • Work in Canada while your PR application is being processed. 
    • Work for the employer within the participating community. 

    To be eligible for work permit, you must 

    • Have a valid job offer from employer 
    • Get recommendation from the participating community 
    • Have receipt letter acknowledgement of RNIP PR application 
    • Have work experience and its proof 
    • Educational qualifications 
    • Language proficiency test results

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What is the purpose of the RNIP?

    The Canada Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) intends to bring the benefits of economic immigration to Canada’s smallest towns. The RNIP is primarily aimed at and developed to encourage newcomers to Canada to live in one of the 11 designated areas and make it their permanent home.

    Is IELTS required for Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot?

    Yes, IELTS or its equivalent is required to apply for the RNIP. The band’s score in IELTS is determined by the occupation for which you wish to apply and receive a job offer. For NOC level C/D professions, you need CLB 4 level IELTS, which is about 4 to 4.5 bands. For NOC level B professions, you need CLB 5, which is 5.0 bands in IELTS.

    What is the success rate for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot application?

    The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) has a 100% success rate, which demonstrates its skill and track record in immigration services.

    What is the processing time for Canada Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot?

    The average processing period for RNIP permanent residence applications ranges from 12 to 18 months.