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Live in a Rural Community in Canada

Updated: Mar 23

The government of Canada has an immigration program intended to extend the benefits of immigration to some rural communities within the country.

Farm in Saskatchewan - Canada
Farm in Saskatchewan - Canada

What is the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot?

The most popular Canadian cities are Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, however rural Canada has become progressively attractive for many immigrants around the world.

As a regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, you reach out to me regarding this immigration pathway.

Indeed, the rural and Northern immigration program, it is a community-driven program designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to small and rural communities.

It offers an immigration avenue to those seeking permanent residence in Canada in those eligible communities.

To be suitable for this immigration program, you must meet the eligibility requirements and plan to reside permanently in one of these participating communities:

  • North Bay (Ontario)

  • Sudbury (Ontario)

  • Timmins (Ontario)

  • Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario)

  • Thunder Bay (Ontario)

  • Brandon (Manitoba)

  • Altona/Rhineland (Manitoba)

  • Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan)

  • Claresholm (Alberta)

  • Vernon (British Columbia)

  • West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson) (British Columbia)

Alberta - Canada
Alberta - Canada

 Eligibility requirements

It is mandatory to meet the federal eligibility criteria for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot and met the community endorsement letter.

Work experience:

You must demonstrate at least one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) work experience in any occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) or qualify for the student exemption.

If you are an international student who graduated with a degree, diploma, certificate, trade, or apprenticeship credential from a Canadian public post-secondary institution located in the community, you are exempt from the work experience requirement.

Job offer:

You must show that you meet the employment requirements of your job, including education, training, and other qualifications described in the NOC description. For regulated occupations, you do not need to meet Canadian licensing requirements.

Get an endorsement letter :

It is vital to receive a recommendation from a participating community or a designated Economic Development Organization (EDO).


You need to be someone who graduated with a valid high school diploma, post-secondary certificate, or degree equal to a Canadian equivalent.


You must meet the minimum language requirements in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) for listening, speaking, reading and writing based on the NOC category that applies to the job offer in the community.


The amount of money you need to support your family depends on the size of your family.

To calculate the size of your family, you must include

  • yourself

  • your spouse or common-law partner

  • your dependent children and

  • your spouse or common-law partner’s dependent children

Rural communities are peacefull places to settle down
Rural communities are peacefull places to settle down

 Employment eligible for this immigration program

Each community has to identify its priority jobs for the region, the priority NOC jobs may change over time, depending on the needs of the community, and go from jobs such as:

Accounting technicians and bookkeepers

Hotel Front Desk Clerks

Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates

Chefs, Cooks, and Bakers

Computer Systems Developers & Programmers, Software Developers and Programmers

Construction Managers

Mine and Laboratory Technician


Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic, among several job opportunities.

What happens to you when you are approved to come to Canada under this program:

Canada provides settlement services, job search supports, English classes, and community connection activities that will help you and your family start your new life in Canada.

The settlement services, can help with:

  • Job search: Finding a job (in case you are an international student).

  • Social connections: Making friends and learning about people in your community.

  • Language: Registering for English classes to master your communication skills.

  • Community services: Accessing government and community services to improve your skills.

  • Culture: Understanding local customs and culture.

  • Rights: Understanding your rights in Canada while working, attending a school, university and in the community.

We hope that this article has been helpful to you; if you want to talk to me to guide you through this process, write to me at 

Alejandro Gonzalez ( Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant)
Alejandro Gonzalez ( Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant)

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