Thank you for your interest in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) in the West Kootenay region.
West Kootenay Rural & Northern Immigration Updates
The West Kootenay Region was recognized as an area that could benefit from this pilot and entered into a partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in 2019-2020. The West Kootenay region uses this pilot to strengthen local economies and support workforce development. Each of the 11 participating communities across across Canada have tailored the pilot to address their needs and economic development goals. For more information on the benefits of immigration, please go to Immigration Matters.
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RNIP Success Stories
Many lives have changed forever thanks to the West Kootenay Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.
This pilot has helped over 700 newcomers apply for their Canadian permanent residency. Additionally, over 170 West Kootenay employers have used the pilot to support existing employees or hire skilled foreign workers to support their workforce needs… Read more
Shortly after Fexey Xavier’s first child was born in 2017, her desire to leave India was solidified. Her career as a registered nurse in the province of Kerala didn’t offer enough compensation for her family to live comfortably, and the economy troubled her. She says, “Nursing salaries are less there compared to Canada. If my…
Vyacheslav and Oksana Apostolyuk decided to move to Canada from Ukraine for many reasons. For one, the couple’s combined salaries were not enough to support their family of four. “It was a hard decision, especially because Oksana had a very good career at the university. But we didn’t see any future for us and our…
During Simon and Lars’ adventures around the world, they often envisioned a quieter life for themselves outside of Hamburg, Germany. “We were getting tired of city life. We’d travel to places we liked and start dreaming that we’d retire there one day,” Simon reflects. In 2017, the couple travelled to British Columbia and were overwhelmed…
The West Kootenay is a welcoming region of over 30,000 people. Visitors come to the Kootenays in every season to experience the majestic mountains, abundant wildlife, and many beautiful lakes and rivers.
Business is alive and well in the Kootenays. Primary economic drivers are resource extraction and forestry, with agriculture, tourism, and vigorous entrepreneurial activity across many other sectors also making a considerable contribution to local economies.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-led immigration program designed to bring skilled permanent residents to rural communities. The goal of the pilot is to spread the benefits of economic immigration to communities outside of large metropolitan centres.
The West Kootenay region has partnered with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to develop a program that works best for our community by prioritizing skilled immigrants who intend to make the West Kootenay region their home. For more information, please go to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website.
Want to know more about how the Pilot is going, read our West Kootenay Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Labour Market Partnership Final Report (February 2023).