IRCC announces Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Expansion

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced an expansion to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) at a press conference in Timmins on August 26. The RNIP is an immigration pathway that works directly with select communities in rural Canada to attract global talent and fill gaps in local labour markets. The expansion includes measures such as: expanding the geographic boundaries of the following participating communities, so more employers are able to participate: North Bay (Ont.), Sudbury (Ont.), Timmins (Ont.), Thunder Bay (Ont.), Moose Jaw (Sask.), West Kootenay (BC) and Vernon (BC) making it easier to fill labour market needs in the health care and trades sectors, by expanding the range of job offers available to candidates with specific work experience allowing communities to participate for a longer period, until August 2024, when the pilot comes to an end reducing the amount of settlement funds participants are required to have.