Claresholm, Alberta, opened Immigration applications intake for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) on February 11.
Situated an hour and a half drive south of Calgary, the city of Claresholm will suggest as much as 20 immigrants and their households for permanent residence in 2020.
The western-Canadian city is the newest neighbourhood to open its doorways to immigration candidates. The 5 communities now accepting applications via the pilot are:
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is designed to assist communities going through labour shortages by connecting employers with expert immigrants.
Candidates are required to have an eligible job offer for a full-time permanent place in one of many collaborating communities.
Out of the 11 communities concerned in this system, six have yet to start out accepting applications:
North Bay, Ontario
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), British Columbia
Immigrating to Claresholm via the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
All candidates interested in applying for a recommendation through the RNIP must first meet the federal government’s eligibility requirements. They need at least one year of eligible work experience, meet language requirements, education requirements, as well as prove that they have enough funds to support themselves among other requirements.
After determining that they meet federal criteria, candidates may then create a profile on the Claresholm RINP Portal. Candidates may then apply for the jobs listed in the portal and are allowed to have up to three active applications at a time, but may withdraw at any time if a better opportunity arises. It is strongly recommended that candidates only apply for positions that align with their education and experience.
Once candidates receive a job offer, the Town of Claresholm may recommend that they become permanent residents. They will still need to apply for a work permit while their application is being processed.