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Canada - Deadline Extended For Communities to Register For Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

The immigration department of Canada has extended the deadline for communities to register for the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. Communities intending to participate in the stream for skilled worker immigration can submit their applications till March 11, 2019. This deadline was originally March 1. The pilot is open to the provinces which meet the requirements outside Quebec and the Atlantic region. It helps small communities having an aging population and suffering from labor shortages. Presently they are struggling in attracting and retaining fresh immigrants. The pilot commenced in 2019 subsequent to the success of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. Names of selected Communities will be announced later in 2019, and the permanent resident candidates will be identified in summer 2019.

Eligible Provinces and Territories

These are Alberta, Yukon, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and finally Ontario

Pilot: Community Requirements

Communities need to have these:
  • A population of 50,000 with a location 75km from the core of any Census Metropolitan Area, or
  • A population of 200,000 people considered remote from large cities, as per the Remoteness Index of Statistics Canada.
  • There must be job opportunities and also an Economic Development Plan.
  • Moreover, a local Economic Development Organization has to manage the pilot for the community
  • They need to extend Help new immigrants in the community to settle by having/developing:
  • Relationships with organizations (local or regional) who serve the immigrants
  • There must be Opportunities for connecting newcomers with community members
  • There needs to be Access to major services like Health care, Education, Transportation and finally Housing.
  • Communities must also obtain a letter of support from the municipality or local leaders and an organization (local /regional), which serves the immigrants

Method of Applying to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

  • A completed application needs to have a Community Interest Form that is available on the website of the federal government
  • A 3-year-old economic development plan
  • A letter of support issued by the municipal leader
  • A letter of support from an organization (local or regional) which serves the immigrants
  • Moreover, this application must also have a Letter of support from Major employers, Community members, and Demographic data.

A Local Economic Development Organization

Such an organization has:
  • Economic development vital for its mandate
  • An Economic development/strategic plan, or figuring in a broader plan.
  • Finally, there must be resources Available to participate in the pilot.
Its Examples are:
  • Community organization.
  • Chambers of commerce.
  • Independent/not-for-profit Economic Development Organizations and finally,
  • A municipality organization having an independent board of directors comprising community stakeholders.
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