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IRCC Unveils New Immigration Pilots for Rural and Francophone Communities in Canada

Publish Date: 08/03/2024

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) announces two new immigration pilots for rural and French-minority communities, emphasizing the importance of regional immigration in strengthening economies.

The existing Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) will transition into a permanent program, highlighting its success in addressing labor shortages in 11 communities across five provinces.

The new Rural Community Immigration Pilot aims to continue providing rural communities access to programs addressing labor shortages, offering eligible newcomers the opportunity for permanent residence in Canada.

The Francophone Community Immigration Pilot focuses on increasing French-speaking newcomers outside Quebec, contributing to the economic development and demographic weight of Francophone minority communities.

Both pilot programs are set to launch in Fall 2024, with the community application process opening in the spring, allowing select communities to participate.

The eligibility criteria for the RNIP include meeting federal criteria, having a recommendation from the designated communities, one year of eligible work experience, a genuine job offer, language proficiency, sufficient settlement funds, and the intent to live in the community.

IRCC's commitment to French-language immigration is evident in the issuance of 9,500 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in two draws for French-language candidates in 2024, highlighting the significance of language skills in the immigration process.

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