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Posted on May 26 2020

West Kootenay in British Columbia accepting RNIP applications

By Editor
Updated May 10 2023

West Kootenay accepting applications for Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot [RNIP]. Of the 11 communities participating in the Pilot, 9 have started accepting applications.

Total of 11 communities from 5 provinces – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario – are participating in the RNIP.

Communities participating in the RNIP are:

Community Province Status
Brandon Manitoba Accepting applications
Claresholm Alberta Accepting applications
Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee Manitoba Accepting applications
Moose Jaw Saskatchewan To be launched
North Bay Ontario To be launched
Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Accepting applications
Sudbury Ontario Accepting applications
Thunder Bay Ontario Accepting applications
Timmins Ontario Accepting applications
Vernon British Columbia Accepting applications
West Kootenay [Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson] British Columbia Accepting applications

West Kootenay in the province of British Columbia is a welcoming region of more than 30,000 people. Majestic mountains, abundant wildlife as well as many beautiful rivers and lakes make up the West Kootenay region.

Known collectively as the West Kootenay region, individual communities in the region participating in the RNIP are –

Trail, Rossland and surrounding area
Castlegar and area
Nelson and area
Basic step-wise process for community recommendation through West Kootenay RNIP
STEP 1: Fulfil IRCC’s requirements for eligibility
STEP 2: Secure full-time permanent job offer in the West Kootenay region
STEP 3: Check community criteria eligibility
STEP 4: Download and complete Form IMM 5911E
STEP 5: Submit Form IMM 5911E with all required documents
STEP 6: Review of application by the Community Recommendation Committee
STEP 7: Decision of the Committee
STEP 8: Apply directly to IRCC for Canada PR
STEP 9: IRCC assesses Canada PR application submitted
STEP 10: Start with the settlement process in West Kootenay after Canadian PR received

 The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-led immigration program specifically designed to bring in and retain skilled permanent residents to the rural communities in Canada.

An integral part of the West Kootenay RNIP selection process will be the assessment of the immigration candidate’s ties to the community. This is required to ensure that the candidate, along with family, are indeed prepared to live in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia after getting their Canada PR.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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