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Rural and Northern Immigration pilot program

Rural and Northern Immigration pilot program

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program. It’s designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in one of the participating communities.

In order to qualify, you need to meet the following requirements

  •   You must have a job offer from an employer in one of the participating communities.
  •   You need 1 year of continuous work experience (at least 1,560 hours) in the past 3 years in the same field as your job offer or have graduated from a publicly funded post-secondary institution in the recommending community.
  •   You must meet the minimum language requirements based on the NOC category that applies to the job offer you have received.
  •   Obtain a community recommendation from the participating community which your job offer is in.
  •   You must have enough money to support any family members you may have, even if they’re not coming to Canada with you.
  •   You must have a Canadian high school diploma or an educational credential assessment (ECA).
  •    Intend to live in the community

A 1-year temporary work permit can be issued while waiting for permanent residence decision.

Settlement funds

You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you get to Canada, unless you’re already working in Canada under a valid work permit. The amount of money you need to support your family depends on the size of your family.


Number of family members Funds required (in Canadian dollars)
1 $9,096
2 $11,323
3 $13,920
4 $16,902
5 $19,169
6 $21,621
7 $24,071
For each additional family member $2,450


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