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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

Ten times as many new permanent residents were accepted through the RNIP in 2021


The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) was created as a one-time pilot program to help small Canadian towns boost their population. Last year, ten times more new permanent residents moved to these small towns under the RNIP than during its first year in operation. The RNIP has been a huge success so far, and it's helping to make a difference in these small towns.


In 2020, 50 permanent residents were admitted to Canada through the RNIP in its inaugural year. The last year 2021, increased by 1,010 percent, with 555 new permanent residents. Within the first four months of 2022, another 625 permanent immigrants arrived under the RNIP. If the current rate of immigration under the RNIP is maintained throughout the year, Canada will receive 1,875 new permanent residents this year, a 237.8 percent increase over last year's figures. The RNIP has been praised as a successful way to attract skilled immigrants to regions outside of Canada's major cities.

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a Canadian immigration program that aims to attract skilled workers to communities outside of major urban centers. The program is open to candidates with work experience in one of the pilot's designated occupations, and who meet the program's language requirements. If you're interested in immigrating to Canada through the RNIP, here are some of the eligibility criteria. You must:

  • have qualifying work experience or have graduated from a publicly funded post-secondary institution in the recommending community

  • meet or exceed the language requirements

  • meet or exceed the educational requirements

  • prove you have enough money to support your transition into the community

  • intend to live in the community

  • meet community-specific requirements

  • have temporary resident status (if you’re in Canada when you apply)

50 permanent residents were admitted to Canada through the RNIP in 2020


50 permanent residents were admitted to Canada through the RNIP in 2020

50 permanent residents were admitted to Canada through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot in 2020. This was a significant increase from the previous year when only 20 permanent residents were admitted through the program.

In 2020, the RNIP saw a significant increase in the number of applications it received. This is likely because the program was expanded to include five new communities in 2020. The RNIP is an important part of Canada's immigration system, and it is making a positive impact on rural and northern communities across the country.


The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a Canadian immigration program that aims to attract skilled workers to communities outside of major urban centers.

625 permanent immigrants arrived under the RNIP within the first four months of 2022

Within the first four months of 2022, 625 permanent immigrants arrived under the RNIP in the nine participating communities. The RNIP is a five-year pilot program that is designed to help spread the benefits of immigration to smaller communities that have traditionally been underserved by existing immigration programs.


So far, the RNIP seems to be having a positive impact on the participating communities. The arrival of 625 new permanent residents is a significant increase in population for these smaller communities, and it is hoped that this will lead to economic growth and new opportunities for residents. The RNIP is an important step in ensuring that all communities across Canada can benefit from immigration, and it is encouraging to see such positive results in the early stages of the program.


In 2021, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot accepted ten times more new permanent residents than in 2020. This increase is due to the Pilot's successful implementation of new policies and procedures. If you are interested in exploring your Canadian immigration options, contact Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services today. We can help you navigate the Pilot and other immigration programs.



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