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Posted on August 30 2022

Sean Fraser announced modifications in RNIP program to meet the job market demands

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Updated October 27 2023

Key aspects of the RNIP program

  • The expansion of Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program is set to take effect in September 2022
  • Communities will be allowed to participate for a longer period until August 24, 2023
  • The expansion of community boundaries is to help employers access the program and promote economic growth and development
  • 1,130 new immigrants arrived in the communities of RNIP on June 30, 2022

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Overview:

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, has announced that Canada is set to expand the Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program with multiple changes to take effect in fall, although it will not be adding new communities to this program.

While Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is set to reduce the required settlement funds, these communities also will be allowed to participate for a longer time until August 24, 2023.

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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program is a five-year federal immigration pilot program, aimed to extend the benefit of immigration and welcome new skilled worker immigrants to smaller communities with aging labor shortages and populations striving to maintain and attract new immigrants.

Below are the factors that are necessary for communities to be considered in the pilot program:

  • Must have a population of 200,000 individuals and be considered remote from other larger cities, according to the Statistics Canada Remoteness Index, or
  • Have a population of 50,000 or less and be situated at least 75km from the core of a Census Metropolitan Area

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Expansion of RNIP Program

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has announced that Canada is set to expand the Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program, although it will not be adding new communities to this program.

Sean Fraser has declared various changes that are to be implemented in the fall, along with a high number of qualifying jobs and expansion of the existing areas.

While Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is set to reduce the required settlement funds, these communities also will be allowed to participate for a long time until August 24, 2023.

The 11 Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program communities are:

Communities Canadian Province
Timmins Ontario
North Bay Ontario
Sudbury Ontario
Thunder Bay Ontario
Brandon Manitoba
Moose Jaw Saskatchewan
Rhineland/Altona Manitoba
Vernon British Columbia
Claresholm Alberta
Sault Ste. Marie Ontario
West Kootenay British Columbia

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Sean Fraser stated, "The rural and northern communities go through various demographic and economic challenges, and the decision of expanding the RNIP, makes it a whole lot easier for the communities to fill their urgent and significant needs of the labor market."

Canada is set to expand the boundaries of the community, to help employers from remote areas to access the program without any difficulty, supporting to promote the economic growth and development of smaller communities across the country.

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1,130 new immigrants who arrived in the communities of RNIP on June 30, 2022, are expected to address labor shortages in the primary sectors such as hospitality and food services, health care, manufacturing and transportation, and retail.

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IRCC estimates the RNIP will be able to invite 125 new immigrants along with their family members every year, with a maximum of 2,750 applicants accepted for processing.

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