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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program involves small and remote communities from different Canadian territories in recognizing and hiring global talent and encouraging foreign workers to settle and blend with the local community and culture.

The below list of communities is involved in participation of the above said program:

  1. North Bay, Ontario
  2. Sudbury, Ontario
  3. Timmins, Ontario
  4. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  5. Thunder Bay, Ontario
  6. Brandon, Manitoba
  7. Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
  8. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  9. Claresholm, Alberta
  10. Vernon, British Columbia
  11. West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), British Columbia

The below given requirements are mandatory for a community to participate in the program:

  1. Belong to any of the following territories; Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Yukon and British Columbia.
  2. Is a remotely located community (determined by Statistics Canada’s index of remoteness) with around 200000 population or is located at least 75 kilometres from core of a Census Metropolitan Area with population of about 50000 people.
  3. Has sufficient job opportunities and an economic development plan.
  4. Has a local economic development organization to manage the community pilot.
  5. Promote settlement of new immigrants through any of the following:
  • Develop relationships with local or regional immigrant serving organizations.
  • Give access to significant services like education, housing, health care and transportation.
  • Connect newcomers with established members of the community through activities such as mentoring and networking.

Below given federal criteria are mandatory for the potential candidates to be eligible for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program:

  1. The candidate must have a recommendation from one of the designated communities (made by the designated community economic development organization), based on his/her intention to live in the community, job offer, work experience, skills, community’s economic needs and ties to the community.
  2. The candidate has one year of continuous work experience in past 3 years or has graduated from a public post-secondary institution in the recommending community.
  3. The candidate should have an authentic job offer to work in one of the designated communities.
  4. The candidate must have language ability for NOC skill type/level of the corresponding job.
  5. Candidate has sufficient funds to settle and support themselves and their accompanying family members.

Work Experience

Below given conditions qualify for a valid work experience by applicants of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

  1. Candidate has a minimum of 1 year of continuous and paid work experience.
  2. He or She should have experience in one occupation, though with different employers.
  3. Candidates should have performed majority of the duties listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) corresponding to their profession.
  4. Any kind of self-employment is considered to ineligible.


Following points specify the conditions laid down for a candidate’s education details:

  1. Candidate has a diploma from a Canadian high school or equivalent diploma from a foreign country, established by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a designated authority.
  2. Candidate has a master’s degree or PHD in a full-time course, obtained his/her certificate within 18 months of the submission of PR application, and from a recognized college/institution in the community.
  3. Full time graduates, with a degree, diploma, certificate or other credentials obtained within 18 months from application of permanent residence, from a post-secondary program are exempt from work experience requirement, provided they have stayed in the community for a minimum of 16 months from the last 2 years of education.

Following individuals are not eligible to apply as International students:

  1. Individuals who have studied English or French for more than half the program.
  2. Persons who require scholarship or fellowship which requires them to return to their home country.
  3. Individuals who had enrolled in distance education.

Job Offer

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program requires a candidate to have an authentic, full-time, permanent job offer which fulfils the following criteria:

  1. Meets the genuine requirements of the employer.
  2. Is in tandem with the employer’s active business.
  3. Contains terms and conditions surely fulfilled by the employer.
  4. Includes wage which meets the minimum salary requirement for the corresponding NOC in Canada.
  5. Is from an employer who is compliant with employment laws and regulations.
  6. Belongs to the same skill level or one skill level above or below the applicable NOC, except for candidates with skill level D, where it is mandatory to have a job offer in same occupation.

Language Requirements

Similar to other immigration programs, this program also requires the potential candidate to prove their language ability as per the NOC skill levels:

  1. Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 6 for NOC 0 and A.
  2. Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 for NOC B.
  3. Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 for NOC C and D.

Proof Of funds

The potential candidates should prove their ability to support themselves and their family members during their stay in Canada in form of some self-acquired funds, which can be proved by any of the following paperwork:

  1. Property or investment documents (stocks, bonds, debentures, treasury bills, etc.)
  2. Bank account statements.
  3. Authentic documents which guarantee payment done to candidates (such as money orders, banker’s drafts, cheques, etc.)


Note: Candidates who legally work in Canada at the time of application do not have to show proof of funds

The Express Entry is handled by the Canadian government. The office that oversees the Express Entry is the Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Yes, CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) and IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) are the same. The CIC was renamed as IRCC in 2015.

The Canada express entry draw is the method of choosing applicants. In this process, the pool of candidates eligible for invitation to apply is selected based on the announced CRS score. It is done every two weeks, and the highest-scoring candidates are sent to the ITA. They can then apply for a Permanent Residence visa. Canada Express Entry helps immigrants gain permanent residency. You can choose from the various programs available.

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Points grid is different from CRS. The immigrants filling under the FSWP must score at least 67 out of 100. Only if they score 67 points, are they eligible to apply for the FSWP. The points grid considers six factors. The factors are –

  • Visitor Visa
  • Work Permit
  • Express Entry
  • Business Investor Program
  • Study Visa
  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • The Express Entry is an immigration system developed by the IRCC.
  • There are three immigration programs under Express Entry.
  • The IRCC handles the Express Entry.
  • There are several documents that you need to create a profile in Canada Express Entry.
  • A job offer is not needed to Express Entry.
  • Some job offers do not require the Labour Market Impact Assessment.
  • Proof of funds shows that you can live in Canada without any financial issues.
  • Work experience is necessary for Canada Express Entry.
  • The spouse of an applicant can also become a permanent resident in Canada.
  • Several factors determine the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
  • The FSW points grid is a system that scores applicants under the Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • The necessity of the Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA) express entry system depends on the program.

    The program which requires ECA is –

    • Federal Skilled Worker Program

    The programs which do not need ECA are –

    • Canadian Experience Class
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program