The reason for inviting foreign nationals in Canada is primarily to fill the gap between the demand and supply of skilled workers in Canada. Since most of the immigrants were settling in urban cities after immigration, an initiative has been taken by the Government of Canada to make a settlement in rural areas lucrative for applicants. With this idea in mind, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIP) Canada is launched.
The program was originally started in 2019. This pilot program is launched to fill the gap of labor needs in Rural and Northern areas of Canada. Low birth rates, aging population, and youth immigration were reported to have had a huge impact by decreasing the population from 2001 and 2016, and these are the core reasons for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program.
The List of Communities Which Are Part Of The Rural Northern Immigration Pilot Program are –
How are Communities Considered Eligible to be a Part of RNIP Canada?
To be eligible to conduct draws and select candidates, each of these communities will also have to meet the specific criterion for the rural northern immigration pilot program. Major requirements entails –
The RNIP Canada Programs ensures that the community is involved in the program. Rural communities are responsible for 30% GDP, and there has been a decrease witnessed in 2001 and 2016 to 23% and the number of retirees in the region has increased by 40%
To be able to apply for the RNIP program in Canada, the applicant must meet the eligibility requirements. Check below for the eligibility norms for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program-
👉 EDUCATION - The applicant should have a minimum qualification of being a graduate from a post-secondary institute in the community that has recommended him. In this case, work experience is not required if you are an international student with two or more than a year post-secondary program. The criterion will consider your application if you were a full-time student for two years or more, you were in the concerned community for at least 16 months, or you received your credential in no more than 18 months. For the Master’s Degree or higher, the same rule applied. International students should bear in mind that a distance-learning or scholarship or fellowship programs are ineligible in this case.
👉 WORK EXPERIENCE - The minimum required work experience of one year continuous in the past three years recommended the community. The minimum working hours should be at least 1560, which will include part-time and full time work both. The working hours should be in one occupation, although different employers and should be covered over a period of twelve months. Here it is important to note that volunteering work or self-employed work doesn’t qualify as work experience. The important details of the work experience include- all duties listed in your NOC and activities in the lead statement of NOC.
👉 LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS - The candidates who wish to qualify should meet the minimum language requirement in the NOC category. The minimum requirement should be in:
The NOC category will determine the minimum language requirement in each category:
Your language result should not be older than two years to be considered viable for the assessment.
👉 EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS - It will require a Canadian high school diploma, at least for consideration. The candidate will have to undergo an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from an authorized portal to showcase that your credentials are at par with the Canadian standards.
👉 SETTLEMENT FUND - The applicant should be able to prove that he /she has enough funds to sustain himself and his family soon after relocating to the community. The applicant should demonstrate competence to support the family members even when they are not coming to stay with you in Canada.
👉 HAVE A DESIRE AND INTENTION TO LIVE IN A COMMUNITY - The processing of the application and further aspects take a lot of time from the authorities. Thus they want to ensure that they are putting efforts in a person who is willing to take the commitment forward.
👉 THE COMMUNITY-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS SHOULD BE MET - Some communities can ask for specific requirements as per the need of the labor market in their region. Thus, the applicant should be able to meet all the demands of the community to which he/she are relocating.
Since the program is relatively new, not all the communities have started the admissions through this pathway. However, there are few communities that have started with the guidelines and proceedings. Below are the details –
The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) started accepting inquiry applications from November 2019, and from December 1, it allowed the employers to post the respective position requirements on their website as well.
The target for the first year was 100 recommendations for the region, and the acceptance of the applications started from January 2, 2020. For this the applicant needs to
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
The RNIP program of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is managed in partnership with Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, Future SSM, the Sault Ste. Marie Local Immigration Partnership and the Sault Community Career Centre and is expected to open the admissions shortly.
To be selected in St. Marie, the eligibility norms entail:
It is highly pertinent that the application proceedings are undertaken with utmost vigilance and dedication by the applicant. A wrong filing of the application or incomplete proceedings can result in rejection of the application as well.
The Rural Northern Immigration Pilot Program Steps:
The RNIP pathway of immigration to Canada came in effect to help the rural communities in Canada and help bridge the gap between demand and supply of labor in rural areas. It is introduced in 2019 to assist in community settlement. While the Express Entry program was launched in 2015 to help skilled foreign workers immigrate to Canada and live, work and study anywhere in the country.
Another substantial difference between the two programs is the requirement of a job letter. While the job letter from an employer in the community is mandatory for the RNIP pathway, the Express Entry program doesn’t require any job letter from an employer for immigration. In the case of the Express Entry program, the candidate can look for a job in Canada after migration as well.
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