Minister Mendicino announces increased flexibility in Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot and welcomes practical nurses

Date Announced:

December 14, 2020

Active Period:

December 14, 2020 until further notice.


Changes introduced to make the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) more flexible for applicants. Under the changes to the program, candidates will no longer have to obtain eligible work experience over a continuous period of time. Instead, they can demonstrate that they have accumulated the required 1 year of eligible work experience (1,560 hours) in the 3 years preceding their application, even if there were breaks in their employment. The policy applies to all applications received under the Pilot, as well as all future applications going forward. Altering this requirement ensures that candidates are not penalized for short breaks in their employment history, including temporary work interruptions or layoffs caused by the pandemic.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Economic migrants | Temporary foreign workers | Temporary residents


work experience | health care sector | Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

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