Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
February 14th, 2024 Update re: Extending the Community Recommendation Period:
The IRCC has announced that the timeline for communities to recommend Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) candidates has been extended until July 31st 2024.
The official end date of the pilot remains August 31st and all recommended candidates from March-July will have until August 31st to submit their PR application.
The North Okanagan Shuswap region has been allocated an additional 175 recommendations, for 325 total recommendations for 2024.
Application Window – March 25th – April 8th 2024
Applications will only be accepted from:
- The Priority NOC codes listed on the Priority Sectors page
Applications will not be accepted from:
- Non-priority occupations
- NAICS 722512, 44711 & 44719
- Mandatory Employer Training for employers offering priority NOC positions is scheduled for March 14th 2024, 10am – 11:30am. Please inquire at email@example.com for more details and to reserve a seat.
- Application window is March 25th – April 8th at 11:59pm. No applications will be received prior to March 25th. Please follow the Application Process to submit an application.
- Applications must be submitted fully complete without errors or omissions, by April 8th at 11:59pm. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
- Submitting an application does not guarantee that the application will be processed. Applications will be processed on a first come, first served order based on when the application was deemed received in full.
Thank you for your interest in the North Okanagan Shuswap Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) project.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program. It’s designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in one of the pilot’s participating North Okanagan and Shuswap communities.
This region was recognized as an area that could benefit from this pilot. Community Futures has entered into a partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to offer this pilot in the North Okanagan and Shuswap areas.
The community will use this pilot to strengthen our local economy and support the development of our workforce. The 11 communities across the country participating in a pilot are each adapting the program to their needs and economic development goals.
For more information on the benefits of immigration, please go to Immigration Matters.
To learn more about this program, please click on the two buttons below:
‘Be proud of who you are’:
Event celebrates RNIP families
More than 130 people come together to share in RNIP success as pilot winds down in 2024…
RNIP Success Stories
Are you a newcomer to our Community looking for housing? Click the link below to learn about the North Okanagan Shuswap Cultural Homestay Program:
NOTICE: On November 16 2022, the Government of Canada is switched to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
This means that:
- the current NOC 2016 skill type and skill level structure (NOC 0, A, B, C and D) will be replaced with a 6-category system representing the training, education, experience and responsibilities (TEER) needed to work in an occupation
- 4-digit occupation codes will become 5-digit codes
- the eligibility criteria when using use NOC will be updated. To learn more, visit this IRCC page.
About the Pilot
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-led immigration program designed to bring skilled permanent residents to rural communities. The goal of the pilot is to spread the benefits of economic immigration to communities outside of large metropolitan centres. The North Okanagan/Shuswap region has partnered with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to develop a program that works best for our community by prioritizing skilled immigrants who intend to make this region their home. For more information, please go to the IRCC’s website.