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Canada Introduces New Immigration Pilot For Rural And Northern Communities For Permanent Residence

Canada Introduces New Immigration Pilot For Rural And Northern Communities For Permanent Residence

Posted On: Fri, Jan 25 2019

The Canadian Government has unveiled a new five-year economic immigration pilot to help rural and northern communities in Ontario, Western Canada and Canada’s three territories attract and retain skilled foreign workers on January 24, 2019.

The community driven-Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program launched in 2017 facilitates foreign skilled workers of various skill levels in eligible communities in the following provinces and territories:

  1. Ontario
  2. Manitoba
  3. Saskatchewan
  4. Alberta
  5. British Columbia
  6. Yukon
  7. Northwest Territories
  8. Nunavut

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says eligible communities can be either a city with population of 50,000 or less located at least 75 kilometeres from the core of a metropolitan area of 100,000 or more or a city of up to 200,000 people that qualifies as remote.

The new Rural and Northern Pilot will operate alongside Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program just like Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIPP).

The employer-driven AIPP works with businesses in the Atlantic Canada provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador to hire foreign workers for positions they haven’t been able to fill locally.

In 2018, the AIPP allowed the four participating provinces to endorse up 2,500 foreign workers and international students for permanent residence. No quota was specified for the new pilot.

The immigration pilot program is aimed at rural and northern communities to ensure that the benefits of immigration are shared across the country.

Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development Canada said the pilot’s community-driven approach is essential. The Minister further added, “The Pilot will support the economic development of smaller communities by testing new, community-driven approaches to address their diverse labour market needs.”

The eligible communities have March 1 to apply!

IRCC is currently seeking applications from eligible communities in the identified provinces and territories that would like to participate in the pilot. The interested communities must work with a local economic development organization to submit an application that shows they meet the pilot’s eligibility criteria and how immigration will promote local economic development priorities.

The another criteria for the communities applying through rural and northern pilot is to demonstrate that they have job opportunities available and will be actively involved in matching immigration candidates to jobs.

IRCC further adds that local community and economic development organization will be responsible for recruiting and assessing information candidates/based on local economic needs and job openings, and recommending selected candidates for permanent residence.

The selected communities’ results will be out in spring provided they submit complete applications before March 1, 2019.

Information on the immigration process for foreign workers through rural and northern immigration pilot will be announced later in 2019.

Therefore, there are many PR programs for the migrants to their Canadian Permanent Residence. Check your eligibility requirement by filling the free assessment form. One of visa and immigration experts of Aptech Global will contact you soon to discuss Canada PR case. 


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