Canada: Federal Program – Rural And Northern Immigration Pilot
On January 24, 2019 Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) launched a new pilot program called the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (the “RNIP”).
The RNIP is a community driven program that proposes to assist and support rural communities with labour market shortages and regional economic development. In addition, the RNIP is a federal pathway for foreign nationals to work and obtain Permanent Resident status in Canada similar in some respects to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program’s (MPNP) Strategic Initiatives. One obvious difference being that the RNIP is community driven whereas the MPNP Strategic Initiatives are employer driven.
Take note that IRCC has provided an extremely short window to apply under the RNIP with the deadline for applications fast approaching on March 1, 2019 at 11:59pm PST.