Following are the five communities that planned to begin RNIP in January:
- Claresholm, Alberta
- Vernon, British Columbia
- West Kootenay, British Columbia
- Timmins, Ontario
- North Bay, Ontario
Outline of Rural and Northern Immigration Program:It is a community-driven program which is especially designed for helping the communities attract proficient immigrants. Due to low birth rates, growing retirement rates and youth migration, the small communities face huge labour shortage. So, this five-year initiative will address the labour market needs of the communities. And, it will act as an alternative immigration option for candidates who fail to secure permanent residence through the Express Entry system.
Requirements to be met by a community for RNIP:In order to participate in the pilot program, the community must meet the following conditions:
- There should be a population of 50,000 people or less in the community.
- It should be located in British Columbia, Manitoba, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, Yukon and Northwest Territories.
- An economic development plan is mandatory.
- Abundant number of job opportunities should be there.
- A local economic development organization is needed.