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Revised Deadline To Launch Rural And Northern Immigration Pilot In Canada
Posted on: 04 Jan 2020  |   Tags: Canada AIP , Canada PNP , Canada PNP Draw , Canada PR Visas ,

Revised Deadline To Launch Rural And Northern Immigration Pilot In Canada
Five communities, from the listed 11, taking part in Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot had a plan to start accepting applications from January 1 itself. There is a revised schedule now and it will take another month before they start the intake process.

The names of the five communities scheduled to take part include:

  • Timmins, Ontario
  • North Bay, Ontario
  • Vernon, British Columbia
  • Claresholm, Alberta
  • West Kootenay, British Columbia

Additionally, Sudbury in Ontario, which had decided to begin the pilot on Nov 1st, is not accepting applications even now. The same is the case with Thunder Bay, in spite of the notice on the webpage saying about starting to accept applications on January 2.


The participating Communities in the pilot must have an economic organization aiming for development for managing the program to qualify. The organizations can be community futures groups, chambers of commerce, independent economic (not-for-profit) development organizations, or amalgam organization of municipalities having the independent board of directors. The organizations must ensure that the provisions of the memorandum of understanding with their community jointly with IRCC are suitable to meet the needs of the community.


The Economic Development Committee of Claresholm of Alberta decided in December that the starting date will be February 2020. 

The officials in Claresholm, stated that numerous candidates contacted the local employers, and some arrived already in the town. Such candidates will get the approval first in the review of the community. There is an outstanding level of interest and people from 60 countries contacted them.

Representatives belonging to Timmins, and North Bay, said that the communities will not start any process until January end. West Kootenay, B.C. also stated that their screening of applicants will start in March. The reply of Vernon and is awaited.

The Aims Of This Pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot has an aim to help towns of rural and remote parts of Canada to attract overseas workers to their communities. The Pilot helps these communities to overcome the shortages in the labor market owing to a declining birth rate, increasing retirement rate, and migration of young people to better areas of Canada.

Until now, the pilot was launched in these communities:

  • Brandon, in Manitoba
  • Sault Ste. Marie, in Ontario
  • Altona/Rhineland, in Manitoba
  • Moose Jaw, in Saskatchewan, will take part in the pilot, from April 1, 2020.

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