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Canada has plans to expand Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program with several changes to address the job market demands. Sean Fraser, the Canada Immigration Minister has announced that “several changes will be made which will be effective from the fall, 2022.”
The existing areas will be expanded and there will be an increase in the number of qualifying jobs. This will help the communities to invite more candidates to migrate to Canada. RNIP is also a way to apply for Canada PR.
Communities will also get the permission to participate for a longer period which will be up to August 24. IRCC also has announced to decrease in the required settlement funds.
The current settlement funds are given in the table below:
|Number of family members||Funds you need (in Canadian dollars)|
|7 or more||$23,080|
The 11 RNIP communities are listed below:
|Sault Ste. Marie||Ontario|
|West Kootenay||British Columbia|
Currently, rural and northern communities are facing the economic and demographic challenges. After the expansion of RNIP, these communities will be able to fill their need of the critical labor market. The boundaries of the communities will also be expanded so that the program can be easily accessed by the remote employers.
Till June 30, 2022, the number of immigrants arrived through this program is 1,130. This immigration helped to fill the job vacancies in the following sectors:
IRCC announced that RNIP will be able to invite 125 immigrants along with their families. The maximum number of applications to be accepted and processed is 2,750.
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