2024 Updates for the New Canada Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

2024 Updates for the New Canada Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Canada’s RNIP 2024 Updates

  • North Bay, ON: The North Bay and Area Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is accepting applications until January 31, 2024.
  • Sudbury, ON: The Sudbury RNIP Program accepts RNIP applications until February 1, 2024.
  • Timmins, ON: The intake period for January 2024 has been canceled due to a surge in applications and limited recommendations remaining. The Timmins Regional RNIP’s last intake period ended on December 23, 2023.
  • Sault Ste. Marie, ON: Sault Ste. Marie is not accepting any applications after January 15, 2024.
  • Thunder Bay, ON: Applications for Thunder Bay are now closed due to overwhelming volume, surpassing the criteria for applications.
  • Brandon, MB: Brandon is currently accepting RNIP applications from all sectors except for long-haul drivers, as their work occurs outside of Brandon’s RNIP boundaries.
  • Altona/Rhineland, MB: Altona Rhineland RNIP is open, with active job opportunities listed.
  • Moose Jaw, SK: Moose Jaw 2024 RNIP will end on January 31, 2024.
  • Claresholm, AB: Claresholm has issued all 2024 allocations and is not examining new applications.
  • Vernon, BC: The North Okanagan Shuswap RNIP Program accepts applications until February 5, 2024.
  • West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC: The West Kootenay Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is not currently accepting applications, but the intake may reopen for applicant management.

Is Canada set to establish RNIP as a permanent residency program?

Future Prospects

We eagerly await updates from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regarding the continuity of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) beyond its anticipated conclusion in August 2024.

Stakeholder Feedback

Program Evaluation

Immigration Targets

Canada has established a 2024 annual target of 10,875 for all pilot programs, including Caregivers, the Agri-Food Pilot, RNIP, and the Economic Mobility Pathways Project collectively. With projected increases to 14,750 in 2025 and 13,750 in 2026, as per the new immigration levels plan, there is a possibility that the RNIP could transition into a permanent immigration program.

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What are the eligibility requirements for the RNIP application?

Work experience or education

Language Proficiency

  • CLB/NCLC 6 with TEER 0 and 1 (NOC 0 and A)
  • CLB/NCLC 5: TEER 2, 3 (NOC B)
  • NCLC/CLB 4: TEER 4 and 5 (NOC C or D)


Education must be at least equivalent to a Canadian secondary school (high school) diploma or validated through an education credential assessment (ECA) completed outside of Canada.

Financial Stability

Job Offer

Commitment to the Community

Applicants must strongly desire to reside in the community if granted permanent residency in Canada.

Community-Specific Regulations

Community-specific Recommendations

Selection Criteria

Work experience requirements

  • Candidates must hold a full-time job, entailing a minimum of 30 paid hours weekly.
  • The job should be non-seasonal, ensuring consistent and year-round employment.
  • Employment must be permanent, lacking a predetermined end date.
  • Remuneration should meet or exceed the minimum wage for the job’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

A valid job offer from a participating community is mandatory, meeting specific criteria:

Demonstrated Competence

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to fulfill job responsibilities through their work experience.

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