Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program

Vernon, British Columbia is one of 11 communities in Canada participating in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program. The program was designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to communities outside of the larger metropolitan areas of the country.

The program provides communities with the opportunity to work directly with employers along with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to create a permanent residency opportunity to attract skilled workers to the region. Applicants must meet community specific eligibility, federal selection criteria and have a full-time permanent job with a local employer.

Background

The RNIP program is similar to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot that was launched in March 2017. As of February 25, 2019, the program had approved over 2,500 permanent residents in Atlantic Canada. The program has been extended for an additional two year period.

Instead of working with provinces, the RNIP program is a partnership with each of the 11 participating communities. In Vernon’s case, the program will be administered by Community Futures North Okanagan and will be available to employers within a 40km radius of Vernon.

Vernon is currently developing community criteria in conjunction with IRCC for skilled immigrant worker applicants. It is anticipated that criteria will be finalized in late 2019 and that we will begin accepting applications in January 2020. 

Information for Skilled Foreign Workers

How can I participate?

Vernon is currently developing their community criteria in conjunction with IRCC for skilled immigrant worker applicants. It is anticipated that criteria will be finalized in late 2019 and that we will begin accepting applications in January 2020.  Additional information will be added to this page once available. 

What is the process?

Once Vernon has finalized its community criteria, eligible applicants will be required to find a full-time permanent employment opportunity in the Vernon area. Click here for a flow chart of the process. More information on employment opportunities will be available later in 2019.

Why choose Vernon?

If you are interested in learning more about the amazing community of Vernon, BC please visit www.movingtovernon.ca

Information for businesses in the Vernon area

How can my business participate?

Vernon is currently developing community criteria for skilled worker applicants to participate in the RNIP. It is anticipated that criteria will be finalized in late 2019 and that we will begin accepting applications in January 2020.  Please contact the City of Vernon Economic Development and Tourism Department at ecdev@vernon.ca to find out more about how your business can participate.

What is the process?

Applicants who meet the community criteria will also need to find a full-time permanent employment opportunity in Vernon. Click here for a flow chart of the process.

 

Why is Vernon participating?

One of the challenges facing business in Vernon, British Columbia and Canada as a whole is a skilled labour shortage. Work BC has estimated that the Thompson Okanagan Region will require 71,700 workers due to retirement and an additional 19,500 workers due to new economic growth from 2018 - 2028. This equates to over 90,000 workers in the region required to ensure businesses can continue to thrive. This challenge is even greater at a provincial level with an estimated 903,000 job openings anticipated during this time.

The challenge for communities is that due to the amount of looming vacancies the labour shortage cannot be filled solely by local residents or those entering the labour force. The community will need to recruit workers not only locally and provincially, but nationally and internationally to meet the growing demands of our employers.  

The RNIP program provides an opportunity to assist in filling a small portion of these job openings. The program itself is only part of the solution and cannot on its own meet the labour needs of our employers.

What is the process?

Applicants who meet the community criteria will also need to find a full-time permanent employment opportunity in Vernon. Click here for a flow chart of the process.

Additional resources

For those who are looking to hire workers there are additional opportunities including:

Work BC Vernon - http://workbccentre-vernon.ca/

Provincial Nominee Program - https://www.welcomebc.ca/Immigrate-to-B-C/B-C-Provincial-Nominee-Program