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Posted on July 12 2022

Regional immigration to Canada via RNIP on a roll; grew ten-fold in 2021

By  Editor
Updated July 25 2023

News highlights

  • Regional immigration to Canada through the RNIP registers a ten-fold increase in 2021.
  • The hope of RNIP becoming a permanent program is high among the local communities in the region.
  • RNIP to solve the labor market crisis in regions that the program represents.
  • RNIP is a significant contributor to Canada immigration.
Those who are looking at utilizing the option of regional immigration to Canada must be delighted to learn that RNIP (Rural and Northern Immigration Program) is gaining prominence with its astounding performance in 2021. A tenfold increase in Canada immigration via this program happened in 2021, compared to the number of immigrants the program brought in its first year in operation. This is raising the hopes of business leaders in local communities in the region that it may become a permanent immigration program soon. RNIP is observed and utilized as a remedial program for meeting labor shortages in the region it represents. To understand the effectiveness of this program, IRCC officials have already met with immigrants settled in the region and discussed with the stakeholders in the region. Recommended article: The Canada PNP system – How it works and helps you immigrate to Canada

What is RNIP?

The RNIP is an immigration program designed by the Canadian government and is community-driven. The purpose of the program is the promotion of economic immigration to small as well as remote communities in Western Canada, Ontario, and the 3 territories. This will be achieved by creating a pathway that leads to Canada PR for skilled foreign workers. RNIP covers the following regions in Canada:
  • Brandon, Manitoba
  • North Bay, Ontario
  • Claresholm, Alberta
  • West Kootenay, British Columbia
  • Vernon, British Columbia
Recommended article: The best choice for Canada immigration: Canada PNP vs Canada Express Entry

RNIP's role in regional immigration to Canada in 2021

The RNIP has been the reason for 50 job offers in Manitoba town alone. It was anticipated that there would be an increase of 160 people in the local population. Half of the applicants are on their way to arrive in the region, while the other half are already here. In 2020, the first year of the RNIP, Canada had 50 new Canada PR visa holders through the RNIP program. In 2021, the number of newcomers rose to 555, which is a growth of 1,010%. In the first 4 months of 2022, the RNIP became the reason for 625 new permanent residents arriving in Canada. At that arrival rate under the RNIP, 1,875 new permanent residents will be created in Canada, achieving a 237.8% increase over the figures in 2021. A similar track record created by the AIP (Atlantic Immigration Program) had led to converting that program into a permanent economic immigration program. RNIP is hoping to achieve the same status with a consistent contribution to the number of permanent residents in Canada. Recommended article: The Canada PNP system – How it works and helps you immigrate to Canada

How smaller communities help you become Canada PR?

It's an attractive option that you can use immigration programs like the RNIP to move to Canada and join local communities in Canada. To be eligible as a community under RNIP it has to have either of the following:
  • A community with a population size of up to 50,000 people and located at a minimum distance of 75 km from the downtown of a major city
  • A community with a population size of up to 200,000 people and considered ‘remote’ considering its distance from other, larger cities
To become a permanent resident in Canada, you must meet the eligibility criteria that are federal and community-specific. You must also
  • get a job with an employer in a participating community
  • file an application to obtain a community’s recommendation before applying for Canada PR
Under the RNIP, applicants must either have qualifying work experience or a diploma/degree from a university/college in the community. If you are willing to migrate in Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the leading immigration and career consultant in the UAE. If you find this blog engaging, you may also like: Unemployment drops to record low in Canada, total employment increased by 1.1 million – May Report


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