Canada Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot for Skilled Workers

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a community-driven immigration pathway for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in Canada to apply for the permanent residence program. This program spreads the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities. 

International skilled applicants who intend to try this pathway should consider that there are four stages to apply for permanent residence under this program. The communities will assess applicants who best fit the community’s economic needs and who have the purpose of staying in the community. The communities also recommend candidates for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada IRCC and connect newcomers with settlement services and mentoring opportunities. 


Registration Deadline: N/A

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Organization: Government of Canada  

Location: Canada

Target Group: Skilled Refugees

Gender: Male/Female

Funding Type: Self-funded 

Degree Required: Post-secondary

Number of Positions: N/A  

Eligible Countries: All 

Duration: Permanent 

Language Required: English/French 

Field: Immigration 


By applying to RNIP, skilled refugees from inside or outside of Canada can benefit from living and working in Australia’s rural communities. 

Eligibility Requirements

To submit a successful application, applicants need to meet RNIP eligibility criteria as follows: 

  • Have worked for 1,560 hours during the last three years or graduated from a publicly funded post-secondary institution in the recommended community.
  • Must pass Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) test or Niveaux de compétence Linguistique canadiens (NCLC) in a designated language testing organization with a minimum of 5 bands for NOC 0 and A, 5 bands for NOC B, and 4 bands for NOC C and D. 
  • Meet educational requirements and pass:
  1. The Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). Submit the ECA report must be less than five years old.
  2. Canadian Educational Credential like Canadian high school diploma OR Canadian post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree
  • Applicants should have enough money to support themselves and their families in Canada. Read the details of how much money you need when you arrive in Canada here.
  • Must plan to live in the community 
  • Must meet the community-specific requirements. Please visit the community websites to learn more about their conditions. 
  • Should hold a genuine job offer (the offer must meet the needs of the employer, the employer must actively be in the business for which the offer has been made, be able to meet the terms of the offer, and have complied with all employment laws and rules in the past) to work in one of the communities
  • Applicants should apply for a community recommendation. Please read the details of each community recommendation process and requirements here.   

Required Documents

To prevent application processing delays, applicants must submit all these documents as instructed in this Instruction Guide (IMM 0118). If any technical issues exist while filling out the forms and submission, please use this web form to contact the technical team: 

  1. Fill out these digital forms online for the principal applicant and dependents: Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)
  2. Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)
  3. Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)
  4. Supplementary Information – Your travels (IMM 5562)
  5. Also, fill out these PDF forms:
  6. Document Checklist [IMM 5987]
  7. Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot [IMM 5911] 
  8. Complete and sign these PDF forms; it applies to you: 
  9. Separation Declaration for Minors Travelling to Canada [IMM 5604] 
  10. Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union [IMM 5409] 
  11. Records for employers to fill out:
  12. Offer of Employment to a Foreign National through RNIP [IMM 5984] 
  13. Forms for the designated Economic Development Organization of the participating community to fill out:
  14. Recommendation from an Economic Development Organization (IMM 0112)
  15. Use of representative Form if applicants appoint someone to do business with communities on behalf of them: 
  16. Use of a Representative [IMM 5476]

Application Procedure 

The application procedure for RNIP is as follows:

  1. Fill out the application form and all other forms 
  2. Get your fingerprints and photo taken if you are between 14 and 79 years old
  3. Pay the application fee, which primarily includes processing fees for the principal applicant and dependents
  4. Submit the application forms and all required documents online. Make sure to answer all questions, sign the form digitally, attach your processing fee receipt, and upload all supporting documents. 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application forms and all required supporting documents via an online portal. Please complete applications correctly and avoid common errors to prevent application delays. 

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  For more detailed information, please visit the website.  

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