(403) 452-9515

Ackah Law

Search Ackah Law...

Contact us

Contact Information

1 (403) 452-9515

1 (800) 932-1190

Book a Consultation

More Options...

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot 11 Communities Announced

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Immigration, Immigration Law, Economic Immigration, Permanent Residence and Provincial Nominee Programs

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot 11 Communities Announced

Over 2/3 of immigrants to Canada settle in big cities, and Canada's rural communities are "desperate for workers," said Immigration minister Ahmed Hussen, and are relying on large employers to stay:

"People don't realize just how much the rural economy needs immigration," Hussen said. He has spoken to rural employers desperate for workers, some of whom are turning away multimillion-dollar contracts because of a lack of skilled labour.

Workers in rural Canada dropped by 23% from 2001 to 2016 while retirees increased by 40%. IRCC's new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, a 5-year program designed to help small rural and remote communities attract foreign workers and provide them with a path to permanent residence. The program will allow rural employers to recruit and choose skilled immigrants they recommend to IRCC and want to hire in their businesses, and will give immigrants the choice from these 11 communities to make their permanent residence.

Rural communities employ over four million Canadians and account for almost 30% of the national GDP, according to IRCC, and have been investing in settlement and integration supports for newcomers to make their towns more attractive to immigrants looking for permanent homes in Canada.

The 11 selected pilot communities chosen from the applicants were announced by Hussen on June 14:

  • Ontario
    • Thunder Bay
    • Sault-Ste-Marie
    • Sudbury
    • Timmins
    • North Bay
  • Manitoba
    • Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee
    • Brandon
  • Saskatchewan
    • Moose Jaw
  • Alberta
    • Claresholm
  • British Columbia
    • West Kootenay
    • Vernon

IRCC will announce eligibility criteria and begin accepting applications from eligible Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot permanent resident applicants for middle-class jobs in the fall of 2019 and newcomers are expected to begin arriving under the RNIP in 2020.

Contact an immigration professional to discuss how to immigrate to Canada under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot and other immigration options.


Evelyn Ackah

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

More About Evelyn Ackah

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) Introduces Processing Fees

People and businesses across the globe want to move to Alberta, Canada. The Alberta Express Entry Stream reviews candidates in the federal Express Entry pool including tech immigrants ...

Read More

Episode 8: Misrepresentation: Document Fraud & Immigration

Show Notes:What You Need to Know About Misrepresentation, Document Fraud and ImmigrationHave you ever been refused a visa? It’s a serious crime to lie or give false information or ...

Read More

Canada Recognizes Expired Venezuelan Passports for Immigration Applications

The Canadian government announced on August 19 that Immigration and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and border agents recognize the 5-year extension to expired Venezuelan passports ...

Read More

Report Calls Canada a Role Model for Economic Immigration

A new report Recruiting Immigrant Workers by the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) called Canada’s economic immigration system a “benchmark” and "role ...

Read More

Canada Launches Newcomer Integration and Resettlement Services

Canada's IRCC has selected 824 projects to provide newcomer integration services to immigrants across the country for up to 5 years. Funding for the approved resettlement projects ...

Read More

Ontario Wants Tech Immigrants Who Will Become Permanent Residents

Ontario is targeting 6 technology occupations to fill local province needs for more skilled tech workers. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) supports employers by facilitating ...

Read More

Thank you so much for all your hard work over the last few months! I am absolutely over the moon with the results of my visa and couldn't have got it without the help of you and your company! Thanks again.

– Katie Elvins

View All Testimonials