The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program seems to gain momentum, ever since it was introduced by the government of Canada. As a community-driven program, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is aimed at attracting skilled foreign workers who are able to meet economic and labor shortage needs of rural Canada. The program comprises a number of targeted communities for rural and Northern immigration, where immigration aspirants can migrate to rural cities of Canada and make valuable contributions to their economic growth and development.
This program is designed for the below-mentioned communities only:
• Altona/Rhineland, MB
• Brandon, MB
• Claresholm, AB
• Moose Jaw, SK
• North Bay, ON
• Sault Ste. Marie, ON
• Sudbury, ON
• Thunder Bay, ON
• Timmins, ONRNIP
• Vernon, BC
• West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC
Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay in Northern Ontario; Brandon and Altona/Rhineland in Manitoba; Claresholm, Alberta; and Vernon, BC, are some of the rural communities which are currently accepting Canada immigration applications. These communities also run their own websites where applicants can gather information about the programs and apply for the available jobs.Apart from the above, there are cities which are yet to sign the Memoranda of Understanding with the federal government, but will soon begin accepting applications. These cities are: North Bay, Timmins, Sudbury in Northern Ontario; Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan and West Kootenay Trail in British Columbia.
If you are planning to immigrate to Canada via RNIP route, then you must work and stay in the host community. You must also have a genuine job opportunity and have the intentions to help and grow the community.
Applicants are also required a recommendation from the community before they apply for the program. Additionally, they will have to switch from temporary visa to permanent residency visa status while working in the community. This way they will be able to become permanent resident Canada.
The primary focus of North Bay is business immigration. The government of North Bay considers immigration as a key force behind the growth and development of the city’s economy and its community. Its pilot program will be operated by the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce. The program is designed in such a way that it ensures that they city benefits from the skills brought by immigrants, which ultimate makes North Bay an attractive choice for business.
In addition to this, North Bay is lauded for its attractive community incentive programs, such as Fee Rebate Program, Tax Assistance Program, and Landfil Tipping Fee Reduction. The city also has a very professional and dynamic workforce. Low absenteeism and high motivation are the key drivers of keeping employees engaged and productive while work.
As soon as the authority signs the MOU, candidates who are currently working in North Bay and also satisfy all the community specific requirements for the North Bay immigration may apply for the program and wait for the invitation. For overseas applicants, the community will start their application process in 2-3 months. The eligibility criteria will be the same as any other Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program.
As far as in-demand occupations are concerned, the Chamber of Commerce is yet to release the list for the RNIP Program in North Bay. However, speculations have been made that occupations, such as Nurse, IT, Aviation, Personal Support Workers, etc.
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