The deadline for communities to register for Canada’s new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot has been extended.
Communities wishing to take part in the skilled worker immigration stream now have until Monday March 11, 2019 to submit their applications. The previous deadline was Friday March 1.
The five-year pilot is open to all Canadian provinces that meet requirements outside the Atlantic region and Quebec.
It is designed to boost smaller communities with aging populations and labour shortages, which struggle to attract and retain new immigrants.
The pilot was launched earlier in 2019 following the success of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
Communities selected will be announced in spring 2019, with the identification of new permanent resident candidates to start in summer 2019.
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Provinces and Territories Covered by The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
- British Columbia
- Northwest Territories
Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: Community Requirements
- Have a population of 50,000 or less and be located at least 75km from the core of a Census Metropolitan Area, OR
- Have a population of up to 200,000 people and be considered remote from other larger cities, according to the Statistics Canada Remoteness Index.
- Have job opportunities.
- Have an economic development plan.
- Have a local economic development organization that can manage the pilot for your community
- Help settle new immigrants in the community by having or developing:
- Relationships with local or regional immigrant-serving organizations
- Opportunities to connect newcomers with established members of the community
- Access to key services like
- Health care
- Communities must also have letters of support from:
- The municipality (local leaders) AND
- A local or regional immigrant-serving organization.
How Communities Apply to The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
A completed application includes:
- Community Interest Form (available on the federal government website).
- An economic development plan was written in the last 3 years.
- A letter of support from a municipal leader
- A letter of support from a local or regional immigrant-serving organization
Optionally, the application might also include:
- Letters of support from:
- Major employers.
- Community members.
- Demographic and economic data.
The Economic Development Organization must complete the application, with a deadline of March 1, 2019.
What Is A Local Economic Development Organization?
An economic development organization has:
- Economic development central to its mandate.
- Economic development or strategic plan, or falls under a broader plan.
- Available resources to participate in the pilot
- Community futures organization.
- Chamber of commerce.
- Other independent or not-for-profit economic development organization.
- Hybrid organization of a municipality with an independent board of directors made up of community stakeholders.