Building on the success of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) which was launched in 2017, the Canadian government launched a five-year federal immigration pilot called the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program (RNIP) in the year 2019 with the objective to bring new skilled worker immigrants to smaller communities which are facing the challenge of aging population and labour shortages, as they are not able to attract or retain new immigrants.

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a community-driven program and it aims to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller participating communities, by offering a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in one of the participating communities. As most of the new immigrants chose to live in major cities like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, the RNIP aims to change this by helping smaller communities to attract newcomers who want to stay and work in such communities.

The pilot program accepts applications from interested communities who want to participate. The accepted communities then receive support from the Federal Government to help them attract new candidates for permanent residency.



This program includes communities in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon.

To be included in the pilot, communities must:

  • Have a population of 50,000 or less and be located at least 75km from the core of a Census Metropolitan Area, OR
  • Have a population of up to 200,000 people and be considered remote from other larger cities (using Statistics Canada’s index of remoteness).


    The steps to apply for the Pilot are as below:

  • Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements of the federal government as well as the requirements set out by your chosen community:
  • Find out an eligible job offer from an employer in one of the participating communities:
  • Submit your application for a recommendation to the community:
  • Upon receiving the community recommendation successfully, candidates can apply for permanent residency.

Participating Communities
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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

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