Several Communities delayed the Process of Accepting Applications for RNIP
On January 01, 2020, five of the 11 participating communities of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) were scheduled to commence accepting applications; however, now it will take at least another month to start the intake process. The following are the five participating communities that were scheduled to start their intake process for Pilot:
- North Bay, Ontario
- Timmins, Ontario
- Vernon, British Columbia
- Claresholm, Alberta
- West Kootenay, British Columbia
Moreover, Sudbury, Ontario and Thunder Bay have also delayed the intake process of applications from their scheduled dates. Sudbury, Ontario was supposed to commence its application process on November 1, and Thunder Bay put the notice to start accepting applications on January 2. However, both have not started accepting applications yet.
To qualify for the RNIP, all participating communities must have an economic development organization like the chamber of commerce, an independent or not-for-profit economic development organization, or a hybrid organization of a municipality with an independent board of directors to manage the program. The role of these organizations is to ensure the provisions on their community’s memorandum with IRCC are appropriate for the community’s needs.
The economic development committee of Claresholm, Alberta, determined in December that the community would not start accepting applications until February 2020.
Brady Schnell (economic development officer from the Town of Claresholm) said, many candidates have made contact with local employers, and some are already in town. These candidates will likely be the first approved through the community review process. The level of interest has been outstanding and we have been contacted by [people from] about 60 countries.
Representatives of North Bay, and Timmins, said the communities would not likely be starting until the end of January.
Whereas, a spokesperson from West Kootenay, B.C. said the community would likely not start screening applicants until March.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is launched in 2019 to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities of the country. RNIP is a community-driven program which allows the entry of skilled foreign workers who are interested in living in one of its participating communities. Only the three participating communities including, Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario), Brandon (Manitoba) and Altona/Rhineland (Manitoba) have launched the pilot so far.
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