Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program / RNIP



The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program (RNIP), is Canada’s first community-based express immigration program, launched in the fall of 2019 by IRCC and designated cities (tertiary municipal governments). The communities participating in the RNIP project are located in northern or remote areas of Canada, with lower and more aged population, and are in urgent need of supplementary labor to promote local population growth and socio-economic development. The project aims to address labor shortages with a view to achieving mutual benefits between local community businesses and immigrants.

In addition, a total of 11 pilot cities have been announced in this project, 7 of which are located in Ontario and British Columbia/BC provinces.

List of cities for the program

City NameWebsite
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

You can also find information about other Canadian Visas here: Immigration Canada.

RNIP Application Requirements

The follwing of applicants will be evaluated:

  • Meeting the economic development needs of the community
  • work with authenticity
  • Willing to live in the community for a long time
  • Refer eligible applicants to apply for permanent residence
  • Help new immigrants settle down

Application requirements

  • Have relevant work experience, or graduated from a public college in the local community
  • meet basic language requirements
  • meet basic academic requirements
  • Proof of adequate settlement
  • Willingness to live in the community for a long time
  • Meet other requirements of the local community

Work experience requirements

One year of continuous work experience (minimum 1560 hours of work) within the past three years.

Working hours calculation method:

  • Both full-time and part-time hours can be counted
  • Can serve different employers, but must be in the same position
  • The accumulation of working hours spans more than 12 months
  • Hours worked in or outside Canada can be counted as
  • To work in Canada, you must hold a valid work permit
  • Only paid work hours are counted (volunteer or unpaid internship hours are not counted)
  • Self-employment does not count

Work experience must meet:

  • Main job responsibilities of NOC (Occupational Classification of Canada)
  • Job content is also consistent with NOC (Occupational Classification of Canada)

International students are exempt from the above work experience requirements:

  • Participate in a local community college junior college (more than 2 years) courses to obtain a degree
  • Full-time students over two years
  • Submit your application within 18 months of graduation
  • Must have studied at a community college for 16 months within the past two years
  • Must live in the community while studying

The following conditions do not meet the application requirements:

  • The study time of the language course cannot exceed half of the total course length
  • Distance learning time cannot exceed half the total course duration
  • International students who are sent to study abroad and need to return to China for service

Language Requirements:

  • Occupational classification NOC 0 and A: CLB 6
  • Occupational Classification NOC B: CLB 5
  • Occupational Classification NOC C and D: CLB 4

Educational background requirements

  • Canadian high school degree, or
  • Overseas high school qualifications certified by Canadian ECA
  • Settlement Fund (Unless you have legal work experience in Canada, you must prove that you have sufficient Settlement Fund.)
  • Willingness to live in the community
  • Must demonstrate arrangements to live in the community

Each community has its own unique requirements, please refer to the community related pages.

Employment Offer Requirements

  • Full-time: at least 30 hours per week
  • Non-seasonal: continuous/regular work within the year
  • Perpetual: no expiry date
  • Market prevailing salary levels: minimum wage according to the corresponding NOC of Job Bank
  • Demonstrate that previous work experience is competent for the job responsibilities

Vocational skill level

  • The offer of employment must match the applicant’s previous skill level (NOC Level). In general, work experience at a higher NOC or a lower NOC can be considered a match. (except NOC D).

For example:

  • NOC 0 jobs: previous NOC 0 or A work experience can be matched
  • NOC A jobs: previous NOC 0, A or B work experience can be matched
  • NOC B jobs: previous NOC A, B or C work experience to match
  • NOC C jobs: previous NOC B or C work experience to match
  • NOC D jobs: previous NOC D work experience to match


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Processing Time

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Canadian visa application processing time
Temporary Resident Visa
50 Days
Visitor Record
84 Days
Super Visa 79 Days
Study Permit Made Outside Canada
12 Weeks
Study Permit Made Intside Canada
14 Weeks
Study Permit Extension 53 Days
Post Graduation Work Permit Made Outside Canada 17 Weeks
Post Graduation Work Permit Made Inside Canada 97 Days
Briding Open Work Permit
97 Days
Canadian immigration application processing time
Express Entry
5 Months
Provincial Nominee Program
11 Months
Self-employed Immigration
50 Months
Federal Skilled Worker Program
5 Months
Start-up Visa
38 Months
Spouse/CommonLaw Sponsorship
10 Months
(Grand) Parents Sponsorship
24 Months
Canadian Citizenship/PR Card processing time
8 Months
PR Card
77 Days
PR Card Renewal
71 Days

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