Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program and designed to help employers hire people from outside Canada for hard-to-fill jobs. The so-called Economic Development Organizations in the 11 elected communities can recommend applicants for this pilot based on criteria, that will reflect the following considerations:

(a) whether the applicant intends to reside in the community, or within a reasonable commuting distance of the community;
(b) whether the applicant has a genuine offer of employment in an occupation or an industry sector that is in demand in the community;
(c) whether the applicant has the required skill set for that occupation;
(d) whether the applicant’s skill set is required in the community; and
(e) whether the applicant has a connection to the community.

With the recommendation the applicant can apply for permanent residency.

There are other requirements: such as work experience, education and language proficiency  related to the employment being offered. See the eligiblity requirements on the IRCC website.

Details how to apply and which in demand occupations and skills sets will be awarded with a recommendation are yet to be announced.

The Economic Development Organizations that are selected are the following:

Brandon Immigration Pilot Board An area in Manitoba bounded by a radius of 55 km centred on latitude 49°50′35.4″ North and longitude 99°57′01.6″ West
Claresholm Economic Development Committee An area in Alberta bounded by a radius of 25 km centred on latitude 50°01′12.6″ North and longitude 113°35′00.6″ West
Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Kootenay In British Columbia, an area bounded by a radius of 35 km centred on latitude 49°34′13.1″ North and longitude 117°14′10.4″ West and an area bounded by a 35 km radius centred on latitude 49°06′49.3″ North and longitude 117°32′55.6″ West
Community Futures Development Corporation of the North Okanagan In British Columbia, an area bounded by a radius of 40 km centred on latitude 50°15′54.6″ North and longitude 119°16′29.4″ West, excluding the census subdivision of Kelowna (City), as defined by Statistics Canada
Greater Sudbury Development Corporation The census metropolitan area of Greater Sudbury in Ontario, as defined by Statistics Canada
Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce The census agglomeration of Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan, as defined by Statistics Canada
North Bay Chamber of Commerce An area in Ontario bounded by a radius of 45 km centred on latitude 46°18′31.4″ North and longitude 79°27′45.4″ West
Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation The census agglomeration of Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario, as defined by Statistics Canada
10018513 Manitoba Ltd. (commonly known as Supporting Entrepreneurs through Economic Development in the Rhineland, Plum Coulee, Gretna, and Altona) An area in Manitoba bounded by the Canada-United States border, Road 18 West, Road 18 North, Meridian Road, Road 6 North, and Road 6 East
Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission The census metropolitan area of Thunder Bay in Ontario, as defined by Statistics Canada
Timmins Economic Development Corporation The census agglomeration of Timmins in Ontario, as defined by Statistics Canada

2 new caregiver pilots: Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker

The two new pilots:  Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots will open for applications on June 18, 2019, replacing the expiring Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots.

Important improvements are: occupation-specific work permits, rather than employer-specific and open work permits and/or study permits for the caregivers’ immediate family, to help families come to Canada together. More details will follow soon. The news update on the IRCC website can be found here.

Changes to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)

As per March 1, 2019, the following changes are implemented:

  • The Atlantic Immigration Pilot will be extended by two years to December 2021.
  • International graduates will now have 24 months post-graduation to apply for the AIP.
  • Employers in the healthcare sector will be able to hire internationally trained nurses to work as continuing care and home care support workers in order to fill job vacancies.
  • The Atlantic provinces will have new authorities to focus their AIP spaces on in-demand labour market needs.
  • Applicants must meet the language, education and work experience requirements of the AIP prior to being approved for a work permit

More information here. 

Two new 5-year caregiver immigration pilots

Caregivers will soon have access to 2 new 5-year caregiver immigration pilots that will replace the expiring pilot programs: Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots. The new pilots will allow caregivers to come to Canada together with their family and provide a pathway to permanent residence. Caregivers will also soon have greater flexibility to change jobs quickly.   More information on the website of IRCC.

Pilot for new pathway to permanent residence in rural Canada for skilled foreign nationals

The Government of Canada announced today The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. The pilot will help local communities to meet local labour market needs and support regional economic development. The pilot is to test a new pathway to permanent residence in rural Canada for skilled foreign nationals at various skill levels. Eligible local communities have until March 1st to apply to become part of the pilot. The expectation is that more information will follow soon.
More information is available on the website of Immigration and Citizenship website.

BC PNP Entrepreneur immigration – Regional Pilot BC

Recently BC announced a Regional Pilot as part of the Entrepreneur Immigration Stream to attract immigrant entrepreneurs to settle in smaller communities across BC.  To attract immigrant entrepreneurs to settle in regional BC the personal net worth and investment criteria have been reduced. Another measure is that the participating community must actively support the immigrant entrepreneur to ensure a better establishment in the community.  The pilot is initially for a two year period.  At this time the pilot is still closed as the enrollment of participating communities is still in progress. 

Ontario Immigration Act coming into force on January 1, 2018

The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration has announced that the Ontario Immigration Act, 2015 and its regulations to attract and retain global talent to promote prosperity and economic growth  will be coming into force on January 1, 2018. 

Further information about the Act, including what is new and what you need to know as an applicant or an employer will be available in January 2018.

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