Thank you for your interest in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) in the West Kootenay region.
The West Kootenay Region (including Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, Rossland and surrounding areas) was recognized as an area of opportunity that could benefit from this pilot and has entered into a partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The region will utilize this program to continue to strengthen our local economy and support the development of our workforce. Each of the 11 communities across the country that are participating in the pilot will have the opportunity to tailor the immigration program 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 people’s lives have forever changed due to the West Kootenay Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (West Kootenay RNIP).
This significant pilot has helped over 350 newcomers apply for their Permanent Residency in Canada. Additionally, over 125 West Kootenay employers have used the pilot to support existing employees or hire skilled foreign workers to support their workforce needs… Read more
“We are so blessed to be here with all this nature around us, especially because we came from São Paulo, a concrete jungle,” boasts Dani about her family’s home in Nelson. “I really like all the events that happen around here too. I was worried that I’d be bored in such a small town, but … Read more
“Even though the jobs are here, we need the workers,” says Jane, Director of Human Resources at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort. “We’ve had to get creative as far as retaining staff out here because we’re so remote. Especially in hospitality, we’re always looking for employees.” Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort, owned by the Lower Kootenay Band, … Read more
Mei and her husband, Tony, made the exciting journey to Canada from Beijing in 2016. They both had worked in banking for more than 20 years and were looking for a different way of life. “In Canada, you have the opportunity to learn everything you want to learn,” she says. “It was a really busy … Read more
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 IRCC’s website.