The Canadian Immigration Department has launched a new pilot program to fill labour shortages and fuel economic growth in small rural communities by matching them with prospective immigrants interested in settling outside of Canada’s major urban areas.
The new five-year Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot will require remote communities to submit a thorough plan identifying available middle-class job opportunities and developing social support infrastructure to help the newcomers settle.
Led by local economic development officials, interested communities must submit their plans to the Government of Canada by March 1 and selected communities will be announced in the spring. They will be matched over the summer with potential immigrants interested in moving there. Information for interested permanent residence applicants (i.e. eligibility requirements, how to apply, etc.) will not be made available by the Canadian Immigration Department until later in 2019.
The program is only available to communities in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon.