Immigrate To canada:New Rural and Northern Pilot Program

In this article, we will talk in detail about the Rural and Northern Pilot ūüćĀ program: conditions, how the immigration process occurs, when it is launched.

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is an immigration program launched in 2019 that aims to direct the flow of immigrants to smaller, relatively central cities. This will contribute to the development of the economy in these places.

The program was developed on the basis of the Atlantic pilot , which appealed to the Canadian government.

Canadian communities wishing to participate in the program must apply and be approved.

When will the program start

On November 15, 2019, new information has finally appeared on the official website Рthe program has been launched! What else has been revealed:

  • there are general program requirements for candidates, which will be described below, and there are requirements for specific communities.¬†They can and should be found on the official website of the community (will be below);
  • cities also have their own requirements for the job search process and employers;
  • The process for obtaining community approval may also differ.

Summing up: the program was launched and in many ways, first of all, you need to focus on the official website of the community.

Terms of Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

To be eligible to participate in the Rural and Northern Community Pilot Program, you must:

  1. Have current work experience or graduate from a public institution of higher education in one of these cities.
  2. Have a current job offer .
  3. Meet educational requirements .
  4. Meet language proficiency requirements .
  5. Get a recommendation from a designated community economic development organization.
  6. Prove the availability of funds for the arrangement.
  7. Show intention to live in this place .
  8. Meet community requirements


You need 1 year of continuous work experience (at least 1,560 hours) within the last 3 years.

How to calculate work experience:

  • you can take into account working hours both full-time and part-time;
  • work experience must be in the same¬†NOC code¬†, but may be from different employers;
  • experience both in Canada and abroad is taken into account;
  • The watch must be received within at least 12 months.¬†That is, the option that you worked around the clock and got the right experience in half a year will not work;
  • your work should have been paid;
  • if the experience was obtained in Canada, then it must be legal – you were a temporary resident with a work permit.

When choosing a NOC code, it is important that your main responsibilities overlap with those listed in its description.

Job offer

To participate in the program, you must have a job offer in one of the participating communities. The proposed work must meet the following requirements:

  • full time – at least 30 paid hours per week;
  • non-seasonal – permanent paid work throughout the year;
  • permanent employment ‚Äď ‚Äč‚Äčthere is no set end date for the job offer;
  • wages not less than the minimum for this profession.¬†;
  • your previous work experience must show that you are capable of performing the responsibilities of the job offered.

In addition to the requirements listed above, each community may have its own additions. To get acquainted with them, you need to go to the official website of the corresponding city .

Skill level

The job to which you are invited must meet one of the following requirements:

  • at the same NOC skill level as your previous one;
  • one level higher than the previous one;
  • one level lower than the previous one.

The exception is skill level D: if your experience is in this category, then the job offered must also be NOC D.

For example, you are invited to work at the level:

  • 0: your previous experience in NOC 0 or A;
  • A: your previous experience in NOC 0, A or B;
  • B: your previous experience in NOC A, B or C;
  • C: your previous experience in NOC B or C;
  • D: your previous experience in NOC D.

Education Requirements

If you studied in Canada, you must provide a high school diploma.

If outside of Kanda, then a completed secondary education (11 grades) will suffice. True, you will need to confirm that this education corresponds to the Canadian level. To do this, you need to evaluate the diploma or certificate (to whom they give out what).

Language Requirements

The minimum language proficiency requirements depend on the NOC skill level of the profession you are invited to:

  • NOC 0 or A: 6 CLB / NCLC and above;
  • NOC B: 5 CLB / NCLC and above;
  • NOC C or D: CLB / NCLC 4 or higher.

CLB for English and NCLC for French. Read more about these scales in this article .

On the day you apply for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, test results must be younger than 2 years old.

Recommendation from a designated community

To do this, you need to send them an application. However, at the moment there is no detailed information about this. Will only be available in the fall when the program launches.

Communities decide which candidates to recommend based on:

  • your intention to live in this place;
  • the demand for the job for which you received an invitation;
  • your skills and experience;
  • your connection to the community.

Money for furnishing

If you are currently working in Canada, then you do not need to confirm the availability of funds. You can skip this item.

Below is a table of the required amount of funds depending on the size of the family (wife / husband, children). You need to consider even those who will not go with you to Canada.


Show intention to live in this city

At the moment, there is no information on how this intention can be manifested. Perhaps it will appear after the launch of the program, or perhaps we will have to think it out ourselves. The program has been launched, there is no new information on this item.

Most likely, we are talking about the fact that you need to prepare a cover letter-plan in which you tell in detail about your process of settling in one of the participating cities.

This information includes: analysis of housing prices, groceries, the Internet, planning your expenses, choosing an educational institution for children, etc.

In general, the main purpose of this paragraph is to show that you want to live in this place and do not plan to go to a big city in a short time.

Meet city selection criteria

Each community may have its own additional requirements for candidates. To get acquainted with them, you need to go to their official website ( list below ).

Program immigration process

This process is quite simple and understandable. The whole procedure consists of 7 stages, which are described below.

  1. Communities and/or employers participating in the program select a suitable candidate.
  2. The candidate applies to this community for its endorsement.
  3. The community evaluates all applications and selects the most suitable candidates for them.
  4. Those who qualify are “endorsed” (endorses), thereby making it possible to apply to Immigration Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence.
  5. The candidate submits an application (how to do it and a list of documents on the official website ), which is evaluated for compliance with the selection criteria.
  6. If everything goes well, the candidate receives permanent resident status.
  7. Upon arrival at the place, the community welcomes the candidate and his family members, helps in every possible way to settle down and become part of the community.


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