Employers Approval Process

Thank you for your interest in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot project.

Please review the information below. Follow the steps carefully.

For Community specific questions, please email the coordinator at rnipcoordinator@futuresbc.com For other questions regarding the pilot, please go  to IRCC’s website.

The Employer Approval Process.  

 Click each step to see the full requirements and links to information. 

Review the community criteria to make sure your business is eligible to offer employment through this Pilot. 

Employers are required to attend a training session before being considered as an eligible employer under this pilot.

This helps employers prepare for the next steps of hiring a foreign national and will explain how to comply with the required information-sharing arrangement with IRCC about the newcomer(s) to the Community.

Register for an upcoming Mandatory Employer Training Session.

After you attend the Mandatory Employer Training, you will receive a follow up email with the necessary documents. 

Sign your Mandatory Employer Declaration and email it to the Community at rnipcoordinator@futuresbc.com 

Additional Documents,  if you are applying for the Business Investment Exemption:

  • VCRF-005 Business Investment Exemption Form
  • Proof of Investment  (such as mortgage, rental agreement, other capital cost)
  • Proof of Operation in Canada (such as financial statements, CRA business filings, GST number, WorkSafe BC)
  • Proof of expanding into community
    (such as thorough business plan, business license)

Using the Job Posting Form, email your job information including job description, salary and one original job posting advertisement to  rnipcoordinator@futuresbc.com 

Download and complete the VCRF-003-2.1 Job Posting Form.

RNIP staff will post eligible jobs that are recruiting candidate(s) on the RNIP North Okanagan Shuswap job board.  The posting will be open for applications for 3 weeks.

Job applications will be forwarded to the employer from the RNIP Job Board. 

If no suitable candidate is found, the job posting can be re-opened to allow new applicants to submit their resume.

When your hiring process is completed, the IMM5984 Offer of Employment to a Foreign National must be issued to the candidate.

Notify the RNIP coordinator by email to  rnipcoordinator@futuresbc.com that you are referring a candidate for Community recommendation.

Help the candidate during this recommendation process, and following a recommendation, through their Permanent Resident application through IRCC.

Complete and sign an Offer of Employment Form  (IMM 5984) for the candidate you want to hire.

An employer may request up to 6 candidates to be recommended by the committee per calendar year with the exception of preferred NOC codes. 

Should the program be extended beyond its original expiry date, an employer may request up to 6 candidates to be recommended by the committee per calendar year with the exception of preferred NOC codes. 

Tell the candidate to email their Signed Offer of Employment Form to rnipcoordinator@futuresbc.com  and to complete their Profile on the RNIP system.

Help the candidate during this recommendation period and following a recommendation, with their Permanent Resident application through IRCC.

After your newcomer employee arrives into the community, the employer must refer the newcomer to either Vernon & District Immigrant and Community Services or to Shuswap Immigrant Services.  They will offer peer mentoring to help your new employee and their family settle.

You must comply with the required information-sharing arrangement with IRCC about the newcomer(s) to the Community.

These requirements are explained during the employers training session.

As of May 1st 2023, the Committee will consider all NOC codes in the following major groups as priority NOCs that are exempt from the employer cap:

As of February 26th, 2024, the Committee will consider the following NOC codes as priority NOCS: 

  •  All NOC codes under the following TEER levels are considered priority EXCLUDING those that come from NAICS 722512, 44711 & 44719 (Fast Food and Gas Stations):
      • TEER 0 (Management Occupations)
      • TEER 1 (Occupations that usually require a University degree)
  • The following specific NOC codes are considered priority EXCLUDING those that come from NAICS 722512, 44711 & 44719 (Fast Food and Gas Stations):
      • 12011 – Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
      • 12200 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 
      • 13100 – Administrative officers
      • 13102 – Payroll administrators
      • 14200 – Accounting and related clerks
      • 14400 – Shippers and receivers
      • 52100 – Library and public archive technicians
      • 63201 – Butchers – retail and wholesale 
      • 63202 – Bakers
      • 82030 – Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
      • 84120 – Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
      • 94103 – Concrete, clay and stone forming operators
      • 94106 – Machining tool operators 
      • 94219 – Other product assemblers, finishers and operators 
      • 95101 – Labourers in metal fabrication 
      • 95103 – Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing 
      • 95104 – Labourers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing 
      • 95106 – Labourers in food and beverage processing
 
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Fraud and Mis-representation

Fraud and mis-representation are taken very seriously by the Community and by IRCC. Any applicant found to be mis-representing themselves or committing fraud will be banned from applying for recommendation for the duration of the pilot along with any associated parties.

Mis-representation and fraud can take many forms including but not limited to:

  • Submission of fraudulent documents
  • Accepting or offering money for a job offer
  • Intentionally misleading the Community

It is important to note the following:

  • All decisions made by the Community are final and are not subject to appeal.
  • Receiving a recommendation from the Community does not guarantee permanent residence; IRCC has sole authority to approve or refuse all applications for permanent residency.

RNIP North Okanagan Shuswap is currently NOT accepting new applications to our waitlist. If it is determined that there is space available for additional applications, an application window will be announced on our website at that time.

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