Community Criteria

West Kootenay Rural & Northern Immigration Updates

APPLICATION ANNOUCEMENT: December 5, 2023

The West Kootenay Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is accepting applications at this time. Initial applications will also be accepted at this time. The intake may close again for application management.

Please visit this page regularly for updates.

RNIP ELIGIBILITY CHANGES:

The Pilot will only accept applications from candidates who have lived in the West Kootenay region boundaries for 6 months or more.

PILOT END DATE

The West Kootenay Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot will end in February 2024. Depending on intake of applications, the pilot may be closed before February 2024.

There are a limited number of community recommendations that the Pilot can make. We acknowledge that some people may not be able to use the Pilot before it ends. Please visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website to learn about other pathways to immigrate to Canada.

Eligibility

Applicants

Applicant Eligibility
  1. The Applicant must meet the federal eligibility criteria set by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
  2. The Applicant must meet the West Kootenay RNIP Community Criteria:

Employers

Definition of “Employer”

EMPLOYER refers to a business registered and/or an individual who owns any part in one or more businesses, numbered companies, franchise outlets, or companies with multiple locations in the West Kootenay Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot region.

Employer Eligibility

To ensure that the job offers are genuine, these requirements must be met:

  1. The Employer must be based within the West Kootenay Community boundaries and be eligible to issue genuine job offers, as defined in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship RNIP website.  
  2. The Employer must attest to their efforts made to recruit a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident prior to providing an eligible job offer.
  3. The Employer must have operated in the West Kootenays for a minimum of two years (as defined in the Ministerial Instructions) or have made a business investment of at least $200,000 in the West Kootenay region.
  4. The Employer must not be in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) and/or provincial employment standards.
  5. The Employer must not request or accept any form of payment in exchange for providing a job offer.
  6. Wage requirements:
    • The Employer must pay the Applicant $18.00 per hour or more and
    • The wage must be at or above the range of wages for the job based on the regional results found on the Government of Canada’s Job Bank.
  7. No fast food franchise employees are eligible to apply for the pilot.
Employer Recommendation Limit

To ensure that RNIP is available to as many employers in the region as possible, an Employer Recommendation Limit has been created. The number of times an Employer can use the Pilot will be based on the number of full-time employees (30 hours/ week) they have. The RNIP Coordinator will ask the employer for proof of the number of full-time employees currently employed.

RNIP Recommendation Limit Per Employer
  • 1-65 full-time employees:   3 recommendations per year
  • 66-100 full-time employees: 6 recommendations per year

Recommendation Limit Exemption: Job offers in priority NOCs, as outlined above, will not count towards this cap.

Note: Candidates must meet the minimum of 26 Community Criteria points to be eligible, unless the job offer is for a West Kootenay Priority NOC job.

Job Eligibility

Finding a Job

As an RNIP Applicant, you must have a genuine job offer to work in the West Kootenay Region (see boundary map).

It is the responsibility of the RNIP Applicant to find the job without the help of the West Kootenay Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

Learn more about finding a job on this website’s Employment tab.

Job Requirements

The Job must meet all of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s Job Requirements:

  • The job (that is, the location of the work being done) must be in the West Kootenay region (see map).
  • The Employer must continue running their business in the community.
  • The job must be full-time. This means the Applicant must work at least 30 paid hours per week.
  • The job must be non-seasonal. In general, this means the Applicant has consistent and regularly scheduled paid employment throughout the year.
  • The employment is permanent; there is no set end date.
  • The Applicant’s work experience must show that they can perform the duties of the job offered.

The Job must also meet the West Kootenay Community Criteria:

  • All job offers must have a start date within two months from the RNIP application date.

Finally, the Job must meet the following wage requirements set by Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the West Kootenay Community Criteria:

  • IRCC Requirements: the wage must meet or exceed the Job Bank’s minimum wage for the job offer’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  • Community Criteria: the Employer must pay the Applicant $18.00 per hour or more and
Overseas Candidates

As the West Kootenay Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot comes to an end, it is prioritizing people who have lived in the region for 6 months or more.

Ineligible Jobs

The job you’re offered cannot be from:

  • a consulate
  • a staffing or employment agency
  • a business that you (or your spouse or common-law partner) own or control
    • This includes any business that you own a majority stake (more than 50%) in, either directly or indirectly.
  • an employer referred to in paragraphs 200(3)(g.1) and (h) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, for example:
    • a business offering striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massage on a regular basis
    • giving employment offers that are not “genuine”
    • owing administrative penalties

These RNIP job requirements are from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.


West Kootenay Community Criteria

The West Kootenay Community Criteria is developed by the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Steering Committee. It is done in consultation with local businesses and stakeholders.

The Community Criteria is designed to:

  • Find candidates who best fit the community’s skilled workforce needs
  • Prioritize those who intend to reside in the community long-term

The Community Criteria will be adjusted over time, based on the workforce needs of the West Kootenay region.

All Candidates applying to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot must complete the Community Criteria Form and score 26 points or higher. The only exception are Candidates who have a job offer in a West Kootenay Priority NOC job (see below).


West Kootenay Priority NOC Jobs

The RNIP Steering Committee meets quarterly, and if needed, identifies new priority jobs for the region. These are referred to as “West Kootenay Priority NOCs”. The priority NOC jobs may change over time, depending on the needs of the community.

Candidates with a job offer for a priority NOC are exempt from meeting the 26 points on our Community Criteria form. Certain Priority NOC jobs have a minimum of 3 months full-time or 6 months part time with the employer as a requirement.

No fast food franchise employees are eligible for the pilot.

Below is a list of the current West Kootenay Priority NOCs. Click the job title for information on the NOC, TEER, and additional eligibility requirements.

Accountants, Accounting Technicians & Bookkeepers
Job OfferNOCTEERAdditional Eligibility Requirements
Accountants111001Before applying to RNIP, the Candidate must work for the employer on the IMM5984 (Job Offer Form) in that job for a minimum of 3 months full-time or 6 months part time.
Wage must be $18/hour or more. Pay stub documentation will be required as proof.
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers122002Before applying to RNIP, the Candidate must work for the employer on the IMM5984 (Job Offer Form) in that job for a minimum of 3 months full-time or 6 months part time.
Wage must be $18/hour or more. Pay stub documentation will be required as proof.
Industrial, Electrical, and Construction Trades (Major NOC group)

This group is based on the 2016 NOC Major Category 72. Follow link to learn about the different jobs this includes.

Computer Systems Developers & Programmers, Software Developers and Programmers
Job OfferNOCTEERAdditional Eligibility Requirements
Computer systems developers and programmers212301none
Software developers and programmers212321none
Nursing and Health Care Aides
Social and Community Service Workers
Job OfferNOCTEERAdditional Eligibility Requirements
Social and community service workers422012Before applying to RNIP, the Candidate must work for the employer on the IMM5984 (Job Offer Form) in that job for a minimum of 3 months full-time or 6 months part time.
Wage must be $18/hour or more. Pay stub documentation will be required as proof.
Early Childhood Educators and Early Childhood Educator Assistants
Job OfferNOCTEERAdditional Eligibility Requirements
Early childhood educators422022
Early childhood educator assistants422022Before applying to RNIP, the Candidate must work for the employer on the IMM5984 (Job Offer Form) in that job for a minimum of 3 months full-time or 6 months part time.
Wage must be $18/hour or more. Pay stub documentation will be required as proof.
Must meet all Federal eligibility requirements for this job.
Chefs, Cooks, and Bakers

NOTE: fast food franchise employees are not eligible to apply.

Job OfferNOCTEERAdditional Eligibility Requirements
Chefs622002Before applying to RNIP, the Candidate must work for the employer on the IMM5984 (Job Offer Form) in that job for a minimum of 3 months full-time or 6 months part time.
Wage must be $18/hour or more. Pay stub documentation will be required as proof.
Cooks632003Before applying to RNIP, the Candidate must work for the employer on the IMM5984 (Job Offer Form) in that job for a minimum of 3 months full-time or 6 months part time..
Wage must be $18/hour or more. Pay stub documentation will be required as proof.
Bakers632023Before applying to RNIP, the Candidate must work for the employer on the IMM5984 (Job Offer Form) in that job for a minimum of 3 months full-time or 6 months part time.
Wage must be $18/hour or more. Pay stub documentation will be required as proof.
Hotel Front Desk Clerks
Job OfferNOCTEERAdditional Eligibility Requirements
Hotel front desk clerks643144Before applying to RNIP, the Candidate must work for the employer on the IMM5984 (Job Offer Form) in that job for a minimum of 3 months full-time or 6 months part time.
Wage must be $18/hour or more. Pay stub documentation will be required as proof.
Construction Managers
Job OfferNOCTEERAdditional Eligibility Requirements
Construction managers700100none
Mechanics
Job OfferNOCTEERAdditional Eligibility Requirements
Automotive service mechanics724102none
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics724012none
Transport Truck Drivers and Taxi drivers

Job OfferNOCTEERAdditional Eligibility Requirements
Transport truck drivers733003none
Taxi Driver752005Before applying to RNIP, the Candidate must work for the employer on the IMM5984 (Job Offer Form) in that job for a minimum of 3 months full-time or 6 months part time.
Wage must be $18/hour or more. Pay stub documentation will be required as proof.