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

Our permanent residency fees are increasing

The fees for all permanent residency applications are increasing from April 30, 2022.

about the process,

There are 4 steps to applying for permanent residency under this pilot.

  • Check that you both meet
    • IRCC Eligibility Requirements and
    • Community-specific needs.
  • Find a qualified job with an employer in one of the participating communities.
  • Once you have a job offer, submit your application for recommendation to the community.
  • If a community recommends you, apply for permanent residency.

Each community will have its own

  • Additional Eligibility Requirements
  • Job search process
  • Community recommendation application process

This information will be available on its website.

Participating Communities

CommunityCommunity website
North Bay, ON
Sudbury, ON
Sault Ste. Marie,
Thunder Bay, ON
Moose Jaw, SK
Vernon, BC
West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC


what can you expect from a community?

This pilot is community-driven, which means that the community will

  • Assess potential candidates
    • best suited to the economic needs of these communities
    • have a genuine employment opportunity that meets their community needs
    • intends to live in the community
  • Recommend candidates for permanent residency to IRCC for final decision
  • Connecting newcomers to settlement services and mentorship opportunities with established community members