Public Policy on Work Experience Eligibility Requirement for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Date Announced:

November 6, 2020

Active Period:

This public policy applies to all applications received under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot where no final decision on the application was rendered as well as to future applications, and remains in effect until it is revoked by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.


To continue leveraging the pilot to address local labour shortages and support the Government of Canada’s objective to ensure economic resilience as part of its action on COVID-19, this public policy will allow candidates to meet the work experience requirement where they have accumulated one full year of work experience in the three years preceding their application for permanent residence, regardless of whether this work experience was continuous or not. It will also further leverage the local expertise of program partners in identifying candidates who are a strong fit for their labour and economic development needs

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Economic migrants | Prospective immigrants | Temporary foreign workers


labour shortage | Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) | work experience

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