Vernon B.C. Launches Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

February 6, 2020 – Vernon B.C, a small city in Canadian launches an immigration pilot program for immigrants and temporary foreign workers in Canada.

Vernon now becomes the fourth community to accept applications through the rural and northern immigration pilot program (RNIP) on February 1. The program will be open until February 2022. 

In order to get qualified under the RNIP program, candidates must meet the federal eligibility requirements. Vernon requires candidates to have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of level 5 or higher in English or French. Candidates are required to complete their profile on the city’s webpage. 

The pilot program is launched with an objective to offer employment opportunities to foreign workers who are facing labor shortages. 

Candidates just need an eligible job offer for a full-time permanent position in a participating community. 

A total of 11 communities are involved in the pilot program, out of which 4 of the 11 are accepting applications:

  • Vernon, B.C.
  • Brandon, Manitoba
  • Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Remaining 7 communities have yet to accept applications are :

  • North Bay, Ontario
  • Sudbury, Ontario
  • Timmins, Ontario
  • Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • Claresholm, Alberta
  • West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), British Columbia

The candidates are ranked on Vernon’s Comprehensive Ranking System (VCRS) which is similar to federal express entry system. Candidates under the VCRS are allotted a score based on human capital factors.


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