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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: Opening New Doors for Skilled Immigrants in Canada

Welcome to our website page dedicated to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, a groundbreaking initiative by the Government of Canada. Through this pilot program, small and remote communities in Ontario, Western Canada, and the three territories are working together with the government to attract and retain foreign workers. In this article, we will delve into the details of this program, its benefits, and how it can help both communities and skilled immigrants looking for new opportunities in rural Canada.

What is the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot?

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program that empowers participating communities to take the lead in attracting new immigrants and connecting them with local job vacancies. These communities also play a crucial role in promoting a welcoming environment and facilitating the integration of newcomers into the fabric of their communities. The pilot aims to address local labor market needs, support regional economic development, and create mutually beneficial opportunities for both communities and skilled foreign nationals.

Roles and Responsibilities of Community and Economic Development Organizations:

For the successful implementation of the pilot program, communities must collaborate with local economic development organizations. These organizations have important roles and responsibilities, including:

  1. Identifying Opportunities: They organize key stakeholders within the community, such as employers, to identify areas where immigration can best support the local economy. By showcasing the importance and value of immigration to the community, they help foster a positive environment for newcomers.

  2. Promoting the Pilot: These organizations actively promote the pilot program and their respective communities to eligible foreign nationals. Through various channels, they raise awareness about the opportunities available and the welcoming nature of the communities involved.

  3. Candidate Recruitment and Assessment: They undertake the crucial task of recruiting and assessing suitable candidates for immigration. These assessments consider both the economic needs of the community and employment opportunities for the candidates.

  4. Newcomer Support: Community and economic development organizations work closely with partners that provide settlement services, ensuring that new immigrants receive the support they need upon arrival. This includes developing robust networks and strong support systems within the community.

  5. Integration and Monitoring: They facilitate the integration of new immigrants by connecting them with established members of the community and settlement/social services, such as housing, education, transportation, and healthcare. Additionally, these organizations monitor and report on the outcomes and progress of the pilot program in their respective communities.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Eligibility Criteria for Communities:

To participate in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, communities must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Population: The community must have a population of 50,000 people or less and be located at least 75 km from the core of a Census Metropolitan Area. Alternatively, communities with populations of up to 200,000 people can be considered if they are remote from other larger cities, as determined by Statistics Canada’s index of remoteness.

  2. Location: Eligible communities can be found in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Yukon.

  3. Job Opportunities: The community must demonstrate available job opportunities that can be filled by skilled immigrants. These opportunities contribute to the local labor market and regional economic development.

  4. Economic Development Plan: Communities must have an economic development plan in place to effectively utilize the potential of immigration for their growth and development.

  5. Local Economic Development Organization: Each community must have a local economic development organization capable of managing the pilot program. This organization acts as a vital link between the community and the government.

  6. Settlement Capacity: Communities must demonstrate their capacity to settle and support new immigrants. This includes having or developing relationships with local or regional immigrant-serving organizations, providing opportunities for newcomers to connect with established community members through mentoring or networking, and ensuring access to essential services like education, housing, transportation, and healthcare.

Immigrating under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot:

While the Government of Canada is yet to announce specific details on the immigration process under the pilot program, we are committed to keeping you informed. As soon as further information on applicant requirements is provided by the government, we will update this page accordingly. Rest assured, we are here to guide and support you through the immigration journey, ensuring that you have access to accurate and up-to-date information.


The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is an innovative program designed to leverage immigration for the benefit of both communities and skilled immigrants. By promoting economic development, attracting talented individuals, and fostering welcoming environments, this pilot program opens new doors to rural Canada. If you are a skilled foreign national seeking opportunities in a small or remote community, or if you represent a community interested in participating in the pilot, we are here to assist you every step of the way. Together, let’s create a brighter future for rural Canada through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

(Note: The information provided in this article is based on the available knowledge up until September 2021. Please refer to the official government sources for the most up-to-date information on the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.)

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