Expanding the benefits of immigration in rural and northern communities

Date Announced:

August 26, 2022


Immigration plays a crucial role in our economic recovery from the pandemic and, now more than ever, newcomers are vital to the future of rural and northern communities across the country. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting these communities, expanding immigration to create jobs, addressing our labour shortage, and helping businesses grow.

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced the expansion of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP), increasing the benefits of immigration in the 11 participating communities. A number of new improvements will be implemented this fall and will support community partners, employers and candidates by

    * expanding the geographic boundaries of the following participating communities, so more employers are able to participate: North Bay (Ont.), Sudbury (Ont.), Timmins (Ont.), Thunder Bay (Ont.), Moose Jaw (Sask.), West Kootenay (BC) and Vernon (BC)
    *making it easier to fill labour market needs in the health care and trades sectors, by expanding the range of job offers available to candidates, with specific work experience
    * allowing communities to participate for a longer period, until August 2024, when the pilot comes to an end
    helping community partners provide greater support to candidates and employers
    * reducing the amount of settlement funds participants are required to have
    strengthening program integrity

Departments and Agencies:

Economic and Social Development Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Economic migrants



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