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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: about the pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot was launched in 2019 as an initiative to stimulate economic growth in those areas by attracting skilled workers. Rural communities employ over four million Canadians and account for almost 30% of the national GDP. Rural Canada supplies food, water, and energy for urban centers, sustaining the industries that contribute to Canada’s prosperous economy. Candidates who are interested in applying must make sure that they meet the federal requirements for the program, plus the requirements set out by each community. The candidate must have

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Qualifying work experience or international studies - minimum level of work experience OR have completed a minimum level of education at an institution in one of the participating communities. Job offer from a participating community – which is full-time, non-seasonal, and permanent. Also meets minimum wage requirements for the position’s NOC skill level. English or French Language Requirements as per the NOC of the candidate. Such as:

  • NOC Skill Level 0 or A: Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 6 (CLB6)
  • NOC Skill Level B: CLB 5
  • NOC Skill Level C or D: CLB 4

Minimum level of education equivalent to a Canadian high school diploma. Candidates who completed studies outside of Canada must submit an Educational Credentials Assessment with their application. Settlement funds if not working in Canada. As of June 19, eleven rural and northern communities across four Canadian provinces have been selected as part of the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. Alberta: • Claresholm British Columbia:

  • West Kootenay
  • Vernon Manitoba:
  • Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee
  • Brandon Ontario:
  • Thunder Bay
  • Sault-Ste-Marie
  • Sudbury
  • Timmins
  • North Bay
  • Saskatchewan
  • Moose Jaw Agri-Food Pilot: Eligible industries and occupations The pilot is intended to address the labor needs of Canadian employers in the meat processing, mushroom and greenhouse production, and livestock-raising industries. Temporary visa holders who are already in Canada working in these fields will be able to apply for permanent residence under the new pilot. The program Debuted in march 2020. Given the amount of preparation time needed to apply for immigration it certainly isn’t too early to begin the application process now, beginning by familiarizing yourself with the requirements of this pilot. To enter into the program, candidate must:

Determine if their employer has NAICS Certification. Industries in North America are classified by the NAICS (North American Industry System). The eligible industries in the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot include:

  • Meat product manufacturing sector (NAICS 3116)
  • Greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture production, including mushroom production (MACS 1114)
  • Animal production, excluding aquaculture (NAICS 1121, 1122, 1123, 1124 or 1129)

Have a valid Job experience of 1 year in past three years (immediate)which is full-time and permanent. Also meets minimum wage requirements for the position’s NOC skill level. Have a minimum CLB/NCLC score of 4 in either English or French;

  • Have a Canadian high school diploma or an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) of a foreign equivalent or higher; and
  • Have enough money to support yourself and your family members, even if they won’t be moving with you to Canada.

Interested in applying for the programs above. Our team of dedicated personals and RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants can assist you with the process and simplify your journey.

DISCLAIMER:The information provided on the page is as of December 2020. This policies are subject to change by immigration refugee citizenship Canada and or the provincial government of Canada without a notice. Viapply and it's agent do not guarantee the validity and effectiveness of federal or provincial policy before the date of when retainer comes into force.

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