The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a federal program established by Ministerial Instructions, effective November 1, 2019. The goal of this pilot is to attract and retain skilled immigrants in rural and northern communities by testing innovative approaches to permanent immigration.
Facilitating entry for these workers under the International Mobility Program supports paragraph 3(1)(e) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) by encouraging the settlement and retention of workers in rural and northern communities.
Update due to COVID-19
In addition to the program delivery instructions below, in lieu of the Acknowledgement of Receipt (AoR) letter, officers are to verify the following:
- Monthly community recommendation spreadsheet: Verify that the applicant was issued a valid community recommendation [IMM 0112] by one of the participating communities.
- Proof that they submitted a PR application. If no formal proof can be provided, this may be in the form of either of the following:
- a courier receipt
- a letter indicating the date the PR application was submitted
- Proof of payment of permanent residence fees: Copy of payment receipt.
All other document requirements must be met unless exempted under the COVID-19 special measures.