Rural and Northern Pilot


About the pilot
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program. It’s designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in 1 of the participating communities.

Participating Communities
The communities participating in the pilot are:

  • North Bay, ON
  • Sudbury, ON
  • Timmins, ON
  • Sault Ste. Marie, ON
  • Thunder Bay, ON
  • Brandon, MB
  • Altona/Rhineland, MB
  • Moose Jaw, SK
  • Claresholm, AB
  • Vernon, BC
  • West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC

Eligibility criteria

  • Must get a recommendation from 1 of the communities participating in the pilot.
  • Need 1 year of continuous work experience (at least 1,560 hours) in past 3 years.
  • Must have a genuine job offer to work in 1 of the participating communities.
  • Job offer must be at the same skill level, 1 level above or 1 level below the NOC that applies to your work experience.
    • However, if your experience is in NOC skill level D, then the job you’re being offered must be in the same occupation.
  • You’re exempt from the work experience criteria above if you’re an international student who graduated with
    • A credential from a 2+ year-long post-secondary program and you
      • Full-time study
      • Apply PR within 18 months of graduation
      • Were in the community for at least 16 months/24months while studying


  • A master’s degree or higher and you
    • Full-time study
    • Apply PR within 18 months of graduation
    • Were in the community for the length of your studies
  • The minimum language requirements for each NOC category are
    • NOC 0 and A: CLB/NCLC 6
    • NOC B: CLB/NCLC 5
    • NOC C and D: CLB/NCLC 4
  • High school diploma
  • Enough settlement funds