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Rural and North Immigration Pilot: Canada Has Eased Eligibility Criteria

Canada Rural and North Immigration Pilot

The Canadian minister of immigration, Mr Marco Mendicino announced changes in the rural and North immigration Pilot policies. According to the older rule, the immigrant now does not require accumulated work experience. On the contrary side, the government will now add up the work experience requirement, provided it was completed 3 years before application. Primarily, one year of work experience is mandatory. All people include the one who has applied for the pilot and the one applying in the future.
Even the ones like – immigration people, refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is granting RNIP applicant that are awaiting a decision on their permanent residence application to apply for a work permit. They will not get penalized due to the processing delays. Having said all this, the applicants will still require following the primary requirements. When the immigrants are keen to immigrate to Canada through the Pilot and then settle there.
Within the RNIP guidelines, there are certain rural communities within Canada, to offer pathways to permanent residency for all the skilled workers. On the other hand, participating communities are keen to also set their eligibility based on local labour market requirements.

Strong economies in rural Canada benefit all Canadians. That’s why our government has invested in universal broadband and rural infrastructure, and so strongly supported our growers and producers. Our government has heard from rural leaders across the country. We have heard the call for growing the skilled workforce in rural communities through immigration. The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot will create jobs and increase Canada’s competitive advantage..”
—The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P., Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

Here there is a list of 11 communities that are already participating in the Pilot. These are –

  • North Bay, Ontario;
  • Sudbury, Ontario;
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario;
  • Timmins, Ontario;
  • Thunder Bay, Ontario;
  • Brandon, Manitoba;
  • Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba;
  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan;
  • Claresholm, Alberta;
  • Vernon, British Columbia; and
  • West Kootenay, British Columbia.

The new set of measures is coming as IRCC is announcing the first permanent address accepted under the RNIP program.  The number speaks volumes about the necessity for a change. With 36 percent of Canada’s pharmacist and family physicians, 39 percent of all dentists, 27 percent of all licensed practical nurses.

If talking about the years 2011 and 2016, approximately 40 percent of newcomers were part of the health-care sector. This encompassed nursing, residential care facilities and health-care services.

Now, the recovery from the pandemic disease is only going to multiply the competition for varied talents.

There are some interesting and quality based facts that you should know –

  • Immigrants account for 1 out of the 4 health care workers.
  • The count of 36 percent of immigrants of the pharmacist and the family physicians across the length and breadth of Canada.
  • Participating RNIP communities are – Thunder Bay, Sault Ste, Marie, Sudbury., Timmins and North Bay, Ontario, Cretan – Rhineland, – Altona – Plum Coulee and Brandon, Manitoba, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Claresholm, Alberta and West Kootenay, Vernon, British Columbia.
  • The communities should be responsible for candidate recruitment and the recommendation for a permanent address.
  • RNIP is an example of new community-driven and industry-specific approaches that the government is taking. Others include the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and the Agri-Food Pilot.

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