The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program that enables participating communities to target potential immigrants who can fill local job positions. They ensure that newcomers can integrate into the communities.
Under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, the federal government associates with the remote communities to welcome foreign nationals to the participating communities.
NOTE: The pilot will be launched at different timelines in various participating communities.
Participating Communities: Information and draws
Eleven communities are participating in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, located across Canada’s four provinces. Some of these communities already have populations over 100,000; however, they are willing to invite newcomers to the communities to meet labour-market needs.
This pilot is a 5-year initiative. The aim of the pilot is to test community-driven approaches to attract skilled foreign workers to small communities. Due to a large aged-population and low birth-rate, the workforce in rural Canada has experienced a decline. Thus, through this pilot, these communities are trying to drive economic growth by inviting foreign nationals for immigration to Canada.
Check the various participating communities in this pilot and details related to their draws:
|Community||Economic Development Organization||Period|
|North Bay, Ontario||North Bay Chamber of Commerce||Jan 1, 2020 to Dec 31, 2022|
|Sudbury, Ontario||Greater Sudbury Development Corporation||Nov 1, 2019 to Oct 31, 2022|
|Timmins, Ontario||Timmins Economic Development Corporation||Jan 1, 2020 to Dec 31, 2022|
|Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario||Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation||Nov 1, 2019 to Oct 31, 2022|
|Thunder Bay, Ontario||Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission||Nov 1, 2019 to Oct 31, 2022|
|Brandon, Manitoba||Brandon Immigration Pilot Board||Nov 1, 2019 to Oct 31, 2022|
|Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba||10018513 Manitoba Ltd. (also known as Supporting Entrepreneurs through Economic Development in the Rhineland, Altona, Plum Coulee, and Gretna)||Nov 1, 2019 to Oct 31, 2022|
|Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan||Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce||Apr 1, 2020 to Mar 31, 2023|
|Claresholm, Alberta||Claresholm Economic Development Committee||Jan 1, 2020 to Dec 31, 2022|
|Vernon, British Columbia||Community Futures Development Corporation of the North Okanagan||Jan 1, 2020 to Dec 31, 2022|
|West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), British Columbia||Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Kootenay||Jan 1, 2020 to Dec 31, 2022|