Rural And Northern Immigration

The rural and northern immigration pilot was launched in 2019. Under this program, skilled foreign workers are attracted to some of the provinces in Canada to improve the economy. The provinces included under this program are Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon.


Communities selected

Till now, 11 communities have been selected to participate in the Rural and Northern immigration pilot which are as follows :

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


Eligibility Criteria

  • Community recommendation – A community decides to recommend an applicant on the basis of the following:
    • The intent to live in the community
    • Job offer and economic needs of the community
    • Work experience and skills
    • Ties to the community
  • Work experience – The applicant must have at least 1560 hours (one year) of continuous paid work experience in the past 3 years. The experience must be in the same occupation within or outside of Canada. Self-employed experiences are not considered.
  • Job offer – the applicant must have a genuine job offer in any of the participating communities. The job must be full time, non-seasonal and permanent, the wage offered must meet the Job Bank’s Minimum Wage for your job offer’s NOC.
  • Education 
    • Canadian high school diploma or foreign equivalent
    • The candidates who have graduated from a post-secondary program must have a degree, diploma, certificate or trade or apprenticeship from a post-secondary program of 2 years or more.


  • A master’s degree or PhD.
  • Language 
    • NOC 0 and A: Minimum language score of a CLB 6
    • NOC B: Minimum language score of a CLB 5
    • NOC C and D: Minimum language score of a CLB 4
  • Funds – the applicants must show that they have enough funds to support themselves and their families when they move to Canada.
  • An intention to live in the community