The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program aimed at bringing skilled workers to rural communities in Canada. It was recently announced that Sudbury, Ontario will be opening up applications in December 2019.
As a newcomer, you can now set your sights on Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie when you start your Canada visa application to relocate through Canada’s rural and northern communities.
Most foreigners opt for larger urban centres such as Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, attracted to city life and high-paying salaries, not realising that rural communities have opportunities that are just as, if not even more, lucrative.
An accountant, for example, can expect an average annual salary of about $51,065 in Toronto, compared to Sault Ste. Marie where you can earn an average of approximately $52,628 per year.
Industries that are currently in demand in Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie includes:
- Steel manufacturing and fabrication
- Lottery and Gaming Sector;
- Renewable energy and Clean Tech;
- IT and digital sector;
- Law Enforcement;
- Medical professionals (including physicians and registered nurses);
- Real Estate;
- Transportation (including long haul truck drivers).
The cost of living in bigger cities are often higher. Consumer prices are 31.74% higher in Toronto than in Sault Ste Marie and rent is a staggering 131.82% higher in Toronto. Statistics show that in order to maintain the same standard of living, you would need about $6,748 in Toronto, as opposed to only $4,300 in Sault Ste. Marie.
You are probably more likely to find work in Canada's rural and northern territories as most immigrants flock to city centres, which means that you’ll be much more likely to be successful in your Canada visa application by applying through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.
Visit our blog here to find out more about why you should immigrate to Canada through it’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot or simply click the link below to chat to one of our accredited RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) who will guide you through the entire immigration and application process.
Am I Eligible?
In order to qualify to apply for a Canada visa through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, you will need to meet the general IRCC eligibility criteria.
|General IRCC Eligibility Criteria|
|At least 1 year of continuous work experience in the past year|
|Minimum language requirements based on your NOC Category:|
|Have a Canadian high school diploma or ECA(educational credential assessment) of your foreign credential equivalent to Canadian high school|
|Meet the requirements specific to your designated community|
If you meet all of the above-mentioned requirements, you can start to look for a full time, non-seasonal, permanent job.
How Do I Apply?
The first step is to ensure that you meet the specific requirements of your chosen community. The pilot launches in different communities at different times. The following communities are currently accepting Canada visa applications through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot:
- Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario;
- Thunder Bay, Ontario(Officially accepting applications from January 2020); and
- Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
You will need to send supporting documentation such as your resume, language test results, education credentials and qualifications etc., along with your Canada visa application:
If you are successful in your application, you will receive a Community Recommendation Letter, which you can use to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
How We Can Help You With Your Canada Visa Application
Applying for a Canada visa can be both complex and confusing. By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only optimize your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will receive expert advice on which program is best for your personal needs. Our RCICs are registered with the ICCRC and are legally permitted to assist you by evaluating your eligibility, reviewing all documentation and submitting it to the Canadian government on your behalf.
Don't risk your chances of living your Canadian dream. Let us make sure that all forms are completed correctly and sent in on time. Simply complete our online eligibility application form and we’ll take care of the rest.