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Brandon, Manitoba is open for applications under Canada’s new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

It joins Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay in Ontario Altona/Rhineland in Manitoba as communities open for applications from candidates and/or employers under the RNIP.

Other communities are expected to launch their RNIP immigration pathways later in 2020.

Once fully operational, 11 communities will be able to receive applications for community recommendation under the program. That recommendation can then be used to apply to the federal government for permanent residence.


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The RNIP is designed to help bring new skilled worker immigrants to smaller communities.

The five-year federal immigration pilot is designed to help smaller communities with aging populations and labour shortages, which struggle to attract and retain new immigrants.

It is a community-driven program that aims to spread out the benefit of immigration.

To be included in the pilot, communities must:

  • 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.

Steps to Permanent Residence

  1. Candidates must check they meet both the federal government eligibility requirements and community-specific requirements.
  2. Find an eligible job with an employer in one of the participating communities (listed below).
  3. Candidates with a job offer can submit an application for recommendation to the community.
  4. Candidates with a community recommendation can apply for permanent residence.

Participating Communities

Community Community website
North Bay, ON Coming soon
Sudbury, ON Coming soon
Timmins, ON Coming soon
Sault Ste. Marie, ON www.welcometossm.com
Thunder Bay, ON www.gothunderbay.com
Brandon, MB www.economicdevelopmentbrandon.com
Altona/Rhineland, MB www.seedrgpa.com
Moose Jaw, SK Coming soon
Claresholm, AB Coming soon
Vernon, BC Coming soon
West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC Coming soon
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