EXPANDED: Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) Program

The Rural and Northern Immigration Program (RNIP) is a pilot program targeted at qualified foreign nationals looking to move to Canada. This program is a community-based immigration pathway that aims to attract global talent to fill the gaps in the local labour market in some regions of Canada.

As you might know, immigrants are essential in Canada as they would contribute to the economy and society. Most immigrants choose to settle in big cities in Canada, such as Toronto, which has caused some rural areas in Canada to go unpopulated regarding newcomers. Therefore, the overall growth of some areas would be impacted if the number of immigrants is low in that certain area.

Recently, Sean Fraser, the Immigration Minister of Canada, announced that this pilot is being expanded in the following measures: 

  • The geographic boundaries of the participating communities are being changed to invite more communities compared to before. These communities are North Bay (ON), Sudbury (ON), Timmins (ON), Thunder Bay (ON), Moose Jaw (SK), West Kootenay (BC), and Vernon (BC);
  • Job offers are being increased in the health care and trade sectors in order to fill the labour market requirements;
  • Communities are now permitted to participate for a longer period until the end of the pilot, which will be until August 2024; and
  • The amount of funds needed for settlement is being reduced. 


Participating Communities

There are currently 11 Canadian communities that are actively participating in the RNIP. These communities are as follows: 

  1. North Bay, ON
  2. Sudbury, ON
  3. Timmins, ON
  4. Sault Ste. Marie, ON
  5. Thunder Bay, ON
  6. Brandon, MB
  7. Altona/Rhineland, MB
  8. Moose Jaw, SK
  9. Claresholm, AB
  10. Vernon, BC
  11. West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC


Every year, each community can welcome 125 applicants. In June 2022, the IRCC announced that 1130 newcomers were able to land in these communities under the RNIP with the goal of assisting these communities in labour shortages in sectors such as transportation, retail, health care, hospitality and manufacturing. 

To immigrate through RNIP, applicants must meet specific requirements such as qualifying work experience, education, language proficiency, enough funds, etc. These requirements vary in each community. You may book a free case evaluation if you need assistance in assessing your eligibility for this program.

How Can We Help

Canadian immigration laws can be complex and challenging. At Moshiri Immigration, our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC) specialize in Canadian immigration law. We have successfully handled many temporary residence and permanent residence applications, and we can help you too! 

Our years of experience allow us to provide practical and straightforward advice, ensuring you get the results you want. From the moment you become a client at Moshiri Immigration, we guarantee that your case will be handled with the utmost professionalism and personal attention.

We offer free case evaluations to understand your case and to ensure that we would be able to assist you. Whether you want to apply to immigrate, work, or study in Canada, we are here to assist you!