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Rural and Northern Immigration

We’ll support you in swiftly applying for this pilot program. The criteria for this program distinguish it from others, and we’ll guide you through the entire visa application process. Reach out to us now!

This initiative is community-driven, aiming to extend the advantages of economic immigration to smaller communities. It provides a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who wish to work and reside in one of the participating communities.

Participating Communities:

The pilot will roll out in different communities at varying times. If a website is listed as “coming soon,” the pilot has not yet launched in that community.

Federal Skill Trades Program:


Community website

North Bay, ON

Coming soon

Sudbury, ON

Timmins, ON

Coming soon

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Thunder Bay, ON

Brandon, MB

Altona/Rhineland, MB

Moose Jaw, SK

Coming soon

Claresholm, AB

Vernon, BC

West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC

Coming soon

To be eligible for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program, you must meet all IRCC eligibility requirements. This includes having qualifying work experience or graduating from a publicly funded post-secondary institution in the recommending community, meeting or exceeding language and educational requirements, proving financial capability for the transition, and expressing the intention to reside in the community while meeting community-specific criteria.