Canada Revises Launch of Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot in Communities -4th January, 2020

Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot
Five out of the 11 communities that are taking part in the Rural & Northern Immigration (R.N.I.P) Pilot were set to start allowing applications on 1 January 2020 but it will be a minimum of one more month prior to they actually begin the process of intake.

Update on Participating Communities of Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

The communities in Canada that were planned to begin the pilot program on 01 Jan  2020 comprise:

  • Claresholm in Alberta
  • Vernon in British Columbia
  • West Kootenay in British Columbia
  • North Bay in Ontario
  • Timmins in Ontario
Besides, Sudbury in Ontario province which was deemed to begin the pilot on 1 November 2019, is still not allowing applications. It also refers to Thunder Bay, despite a announcement on its web-page that states it would start allowing applications on  2 January 2020.

Communities engaging in the pilot required to have an organization for economic development to maintain the program to qualify and these organizations might be a chamber of commerce, community future organization, an independent organization or not-for-profit organization for economic development, or a composite organization of a municipality with an autonomous directors board.

These organizations are accountable for making assured that the provisions on their community’s understanding memorandum with Refugees, Immigration, and Citizenship Canada (I.R.C.C) are suitable for the community’s requirements including the commencement date for intake of applications.

In the event of Claresholm in Alberta, the committee for economic development determined in Dec 2019 that their commencement date would not be till February 2020.

Officials from the Ontario province communities of Timmins and North Bay, also told that the communities not likely to begin until the close of January 2020. A representative from West Kootenay in the British Columbia said they would likely not begin screening candidates until March 2020.

The Rural and Northern Immigration (RNIP) Pilot is intended to help rural & remote towns in Canada to attract international workers to their communities. This Pilot is intended to help these communities to overcome the labor market deficits caused by decreasing birth rates, increasing retirement rates, and the movement of youth to greater populated areas in Canada.

So far, this pilot has been started in the below communities:

  • Brandon in Manitoba province
  • Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario province
  • Altona/Rhineland in Manitoba province
Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan province is also engaging in the pilot, but the program is not fixed to begin until 1 April 2020.
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