Immigrants benefits should be expanded in rural and northern locations

More than ever, immigrants are essential to the future of rural and northern areas across the nation as we recover economically from the pandemic. The Canadian government is dedicated to assisting these areas, increasing immigration to generate employment, resolving our labor shortfall, and fostering corporate expansion.

Most Honourable The expansion of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP), which will increase the advantages of immigration in the 11 participating towns, was announced today by Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship. This fall, a number of changes will be made that will benefit applicants, companies, and community partners.

  1. extending the geographic borders of the following participating communities to allow for the participation of more employers: North Bay, Sudbury, Timmins, Thunder Bay, Moose Jaw, West Kootenay, and Vernon are all cities in Ontario (BC)
  2. increasing the number of employment offers that are available to applicants with relevant work experience, so making it simpler to fill labor market demands in the health care and trades sectors
  3. extending the time that localities may participate, up until August 2024, when the trial program ends.
  4. assisting community partners in better supporting job seekers and employers
  5. by lowering the minimum amount of settlement cash that participants must possess.
  6. improving the program's integrity

These adjustments are based on suggestions from our community partners and go one step further in addressing their needs and encouraging development in rural and smaller areas across the nation. The RNIP will assist more firms in meeting critical labor market needs when its geographic borders are widened.

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The success of the new permanent Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP), which was introduced in March 2022 and continues to assist the Atlantic provinces in attracting the skilled newcomers they need to address the labor shortage and demographic challenges in the region, is built upon by regional immigration programs like the RNIP, which are becoming more and more crucial to the sustainable growth of our nation. Since its debut, 167 applications for the confirmed permanent program have been submitted.

For Canada, particularly in rural and northern towns, immigration from francophone countries is essential. We are working with partners, provinces, and territories to make sure French-speaking immigrants have the chance and resources to settle in and contribute to, Francophone communities across the nation. Immigration is one of the most crucial factors in maintaining, and even growing, populations of Francophone minority communities. To enhance the proportion and retention of French-speaking immigrants in friendly Francophone communities outside Quebec, we will keep taking action.

By hiring up to 1,250 new personnel by the end of this fall to reduce application backlogs, with a focus on managing labor shortages, enhancing the client experience, and reuniting families, we intend to further strengthen Canada's immigration system. We are taking steps to make sure that everyone, especially those in rural and northern towns, benefits from our immigration system.


The expansion of the RNIP, which was announced today, will make it simpler for rural and northern areas to meet their pressing labor market needs. These communities face particular economic and demographic concerns. Additionally, they broaden community boundaries to enable firms in remote locations to participate in the program, supporting the expansion of smaller towns across the nation.

– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship

Short facts

  1. Over 4 million Canadians work in rural areas, which provide over 30% of the country's GDP. They support the businesses that support Canada's thriving economy by supplying food, water, and electricity to urban centers.
  2. North Bay (Ontario), Sudbury (Ontario), Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario), Thunder Bay (Ontario), Brandon (Manitoba), Altona/Rhineland (Manitoba), Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan), Claresholm (Alberta), West Kootenay (BC), and Vernon are the 11 RNIP communities (BC).
  3. As of June 30, 2022, 1,130 additional residents had entered RNIP communities, assisting with labor shortages in important industries like healthcare, hospitality, food services, retail, manufacturing, and transportation.
  4. Each of the participating villages might potentially welcome 125 newcomers and their families on average each year.
  5. In any one year, RNIP applications from principal applicants and their family members may be accepted for processing up to 2,750 times.

The Canadian government committed $35 million in January 2022 to ensure that immigrants settling in small towns and rural communities have access to basic amenities during their first year in the country.


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