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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Project: What You Need to Know

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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Project: What You Need to Know

A federal pilot program has been established to aid some of Canada’s rural communities in attracting immigration to bolster their workforce and boost their regional economy. To be considered for the program, a community must have a population of 50,000 or fewer people and be situated at least 75 kilometers from the centre of a Census Metropolitan Area (an area with at least 100,000 people with minimum 50,000 population at its core) or have a population of up to 200,000 and be considered to be remote from other larger cities. Communities could be located in any territory or province except those in Atlantic Canada. Eligible communities also require an economic plan, available job openings, and an economic development organization to oversee the pilot project. Also key are access to programs such as newcomer settlement services or mentoring programs for new immigrants.

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is currently participating in the program.

Potential candidates must meet federal and provincial criteria for the program. Federal criteria include having at least one year of continuous paid work experience in the last three years plus a recommendation from one of the project’s communities. Another way to qualify is to be a graduate of a post-secondary institution in the community, have a suitable job offer from an employer in the community, and intend to remain in the community. A candidate must also demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to settle in the community to support themselves and any dependents.

As travel restrictions are subject to change, interested applicants are advised to consult the websites for the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan for the latest news and updates on immigration programs.

To request more information on immigration to Saskatchewan, please click here.