Community Criteria

Please Note: Effective immediately, we will not be accepting new RNIP applications for recommendation until October 1, 2022.

Developed by the Selection Committee in consultation with local businesses and stakeholders. The Community Criteria is designed to identify candidates who best fit the community’s needs and prioritize those who intend to reside in the community.

Due to administrative capacity some intake periods may close earlier than others. Please refer back to this page frequently as our Community Criteria prioritization factors are a fluid document and can change at any time.

NOTE: PLEASE SEE OUR COMMUNITY CRITERIA TAB BELOW TO SCORE YOUR POINTS. THERE IS A MINIMUM SCORE REQUIRED TO BE ELIGIBLE.

Candidates with job offers from our priority occupations/NOCs list are exempt from meeting 26 points on our Community Criteria.

Priority will be given to candidates applying with job offers in the following West Kootenay priority NOCs:

  • NOC 7511 Truck driver
  • NOC 3413 Health Care Aide
  • NOC 3233 Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse
  • NOC 4212 Community Support Worker
  • NOC 4214 Early Childcare Educator & ECA *ECA – See eligibility requirements*
  • NOC 0711 Construction Managers
  • NOC 7321 Automotive Service Technicians
  • NOC 7312 Heavy Duty Equipment mechanics
  • NOC 6321 Chef, NOC 6322 Cook & NOC 6332 Baker *See eligibility requirements*
  • NOC 7513 Taxi Drivers *See eligibility requirements*
  • NOC 2174 Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers (Software Developer)
  • NOC 2173 Software Engineers and Designers
  • NOC 1111 Accountant & NOC 1311 Accounting Technicians/Bookkeepers
  • NOC 6525 Hotel, Front Desk Agents *See eligibility requirements*
  • Major NOC Group: 72 – Industrial, electrical and construction trades

*Cook/Chef/Baker/ eligibility requirements – Note: Fast food franchise employees are not eligible to apply under this exemption.

West Kootenay Candidate Eligibility for Cook/Chef/Baker, Early Childcare Assistant, Taxi Divers & Hotel Front Desk Agents :

Candidates must be currently working with the employer (used on IMM5984/job offer form) in the role, at the time of the application, in the West Kootenays and for a minimum of 6 months full time or 1 year part time (prior to the application being submitted). Minimum wage offer requirement: $18/hr. Pay stub documentation will be required as proof.

Overseas candidates in Cook/Chef/Baker, Early Childcare Assistant, Taxi Divers & Hotel Front Desk Agents positions must meet all federal eligibility requirements.

Applicants

  1. The candidate must meet the federal eligibility criteria, as described in the RNIP website.
  2. Candidates must intend to live in the Community.
  3. The wage offered in your offer of employment must meet or exceed $22/hour and must be above or within the range of wages for that particular occupation in the Job Bank for similar jobs in the region to determine the candidate’s intention to reside in the community. The following exemption applies:
    Candidates who are currently working, studying, and/or residing for at least the last 6 months in the Community will be exempt from the Community specific wage criteria of $22/hour if their wage/job offer is between $18/hour and $21.99/hour.
  4. To apply to the West Kootenay RNIP, submit a complete application through our portal. Be sure to read the applicants webpage thoroughly.

Employers Eligibility

To administer the pilot and ensure that the job offers from local employers are genuine for the purposes of the Pilot, the employer making the offer of employment must:

  1. Be based within the Community boundaries of West Kootenay and be eligible to issue genuine job offers, as defined in the RNIP website.  
  2. Attest to their efforts made to recruit a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident prior to providing an eligible job offer.
  3. Have operated in the West Kootenays, as defined in the Ministerial Instructions for a minimum of two years, OR have made a business investment of at least $200,000 in the West Kootenay region.
  4. Not be in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) and/or provincial employment standards.
  5. Not request or accept any form of payment in exchange for providing a job offer.
  6. The wage offered in your offer of employment must meet or exceed $22/hour and must be above or within the range of wages for that particular occupation in the Job Bank for similar jobs in the region to determine the candidate’s intention to reside in the community.
    Exemption: Candidates who are currently working and/or residing in the West Kootenay region for the last 6 months will be exempt from the Community specific wage criteria of $22/hour if their wage/job offer is between $18/hour and $21.99/hour.

Employer* Recommendation Limit:

In order to allow RNIP opportunities to as many employers in the region as possible, employers will be eligible to use the pilot as per a ratio of recommendations to the proportion of the number of full-time employees**. (30 hrs./per week)

RNIP recommendations per employer:
a) 1-14 full-time employees :   4 recommendations per year

b) 15-29 full-time employees : 6 recommendations per year

c) 30+ full-time employees:    8 recommendations per year

Please note: Candidates must meet the minimum of 26 points to be eligible, unless the job offer is under a Community Priority NOC.

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

*Employer definition: 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 region.

**Full time employees: To verify, the coordinator will ask for proof from the employer of the number of full-time employees currently employed. Full-time hours are considered 30 hours per week. 

Consult the Community Criteria to ensure that your business is eligible for RNIP in the West Kootenays

IRCC NEW NOC 2021 Information

National Occupational Classification 2021

On November 16, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be switching to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). We’ll post information on this site in August 2022 about how this will affect the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP).

Classification nationale des professions 2021

Le 16 novembre 2022, Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada (IRCC) passera à la version 2021 de la Classification nationale des professions (CNP). Nous publierons des renseignements sur ce site en août 2022 sur la façon dont ce changement aura une incidence sur le Programme pilote d’immigration dans les communautés rurales et du Nord (PPICRN).

West Kootenay Community Criteria

Once a candidate is deemed to be eligible based on criteria outlined in the Applicants section above, The Community Recommendation Committee will assess candidates based on the prioritization factors below. Please refer to Who can apply prior to evaluating your Community Criteria points. Include a document of what points you are claiming and proof of those points when you are applying to the pilot.

Minimum Community Criteria Score Required: All West Kootenay applicants must score a minimum score of 26 points on our Community Criteria Prioritization Factors to be eligible to apply to RNIP.

Minimum points exemption: Candidates applying with a job offer in a West Kootenay identified priority NOC are exempt from meeting the minimum 26 Community Criteria points.

Intake periods: The West Kootenay RNIP will prioritize priority NOCs and the highest Community Criteria scores per intake.  If the applicant does not get chosen on the first intake period after applying, they are put into a cue and held for 2 more intake periods.  If they do not get reviewed by the selection committee within those 3 intake periods, their application is withdrawn from the cue and they are welcome to reapply.

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1. Canadian Family / Friend in the West Kootenay Region
The candidate or, if applicable, the candidate’s spouse/common-law partner has an existing personal connection to a permanent resident of Canada or a Canadian citizen who has been living in the West Kootenay region for a minimum of 1 year. The connection will need to provide written confirmation of their intent to assist the candidate with settling into the West Kootenay. (Unless the connection is a dependant) The connection must be currently living in the West Kootenay.
Points
a. Close family connection
Parent, sibling, or child of candidate or spouse/common-law partner of candidate. Each individual confirmed connection receives 4 points.
(maximum 2 connections; maximum 8 points)
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b. Medium family connection or friend
Cousin, niece, nephew, or friend of candidate or of spouse/common-law partner of candidate.
Must be 22 years or older. Friends must have no relation through blood, adoption, marriage or be your employer.
(maximum 1 connection; maximum 2 points)
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2. Living in and previous travel to the West Kootenay Region
Candidates will be asked for proof that they reside in the region.
The committee may ask for proof of residence and travel (tickets, hotel stays or other documents)
* Points from a & b may NOT be combined *
Points
a. The candidate resides in the West Kootenay and, at the time of application, has been living here for:
– 12-24 months: 5 points
– 30 months: 8 points
– 36 months or longer: 10 points.
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b. If the candidate does NOT live in the region and they have previously spent 7 nights or more in the West Kootenay region.8
3. Work in the Region and Priority NOCsPoints
a. The candidate has accumulated full time work hours (min. 30 hrs/week) with an employer OR employers in the West Kootenay for:
– 18 months: 5 points
– 2 years: 8 points
– 30 months: 12 points
– 3 or more years: 15 points
NOTE: Part time hours cannot be used for the accumulation of the work hours calculation.
The work experience cannot be through self employment.
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b. The Candidate has a full-time job offer (confirmed on the IMM 5984) in a West Kootenay identified priority NOC sector identified here:
– NOC 7511Truck driver
– NOC 3413 Health Care Aide
– NOC 3233 Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse
– NOC 4212 Community Support Worker
– NOC 4214 Early Childcare Educator & ECA
– NOC 0711 Construction Managers
– NOC 7321 Automotive Service Technicians
– NOC 7312 Heavy Duty Equipment mechanics
– NOC 6321 Chef, NOC 6322 Cook & NOC 6332 Baker
– NOC 7513 Taxi Drivers
– NOC 2174 Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers (Software Developer)
– NOC 2173 Software Engineers and Designers
– NOC 1111 Accountant & NOC 1311 Accounting Technicians/Bookkeepers
– NOC 6525 Hotel, Front Desk Agents
– Major NOC Group: 72 – Industrial, electrical and construction trades
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4. Wage and Previous Work ExperiencePoints
a. A job offer with a wage which is more than the minimum of $22.00 per hour will receive
one (1) point for every additional $1.00 per hour. These points only apply to wages over $23 per hour or more.
(maximum 10 points)
* In the event of a yearly salary, please indicate an hourly wage.
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b. Candidates will receive one (1) point for every 1 year of full time (30 hours/wk or more) work experience related to the NOC code. The work experience cannot be through self employment.
(maximum 15 points)
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5. Candidate’s Age on the date the application is receivedPoints
26 to 40 years6
41 to 50 years4
51 years and older – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 2
6. Demonstration of proficiency in English & French NEED BOTH FOR THESE POINTS Points
Candidate demonstrated language ability by obtaining at least a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) and Niveaux de Compétence Linguistique Canadiens (NCLC) level 4 across all skills in both official languages.4
7. Candidate’s spouse/common-law partner and dependantsPoints
a. The candidate’s spouse/common law partner has 2 or more years of full time work experience in the last 5 years – domestic or overseas. The work experience cannot be through self employment. 4
b. The candidate’s spouse/common law partner has a minimum of 1 year full time work experience in the last 5 years in one of the West Kootenay priority NOC sectors identified here:
– Truck driver NOC, 7511
– Health Care Aide NOC, 3413
– Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse NOC 3233
– Community Support Worker NOC, 4212
– Early Childcare Educator & ECA NOC 4214
– Major NOC Group: 72 – Industrial, electrical and construction trades
– Construction Managers NOC 0711
– Automotive Service Technicians NOC 7321
– Heavy Duty Equipment mechanics NOC 7312
– NOC 6321 Chef, NOC 6322 Cook & NOC 6332 Baker
– NOC 7513 Taxi Drivers
– NOC 1111 Accountant & NOC 1311 Accounting Technicians/Bookkeepers
– NOC 6525 Hotel, Front Desk Agents
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c. The candidate’s spouse/common law partner is authorized to work and has been working full time in the West Kootenay for a minimum of 1 year at the time of application. The work cannot be through self employment.2
d. The candidate has a spouse/common law partner who has been living in the West Kootenay region continuously (at the time of application) for :
1 year : 2 points
2 years : 3 points
3+years : 4 points
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e. The candidate’s spouse/common law partner has language proficiency in English or French that exceeds CLB or NCLC level four (4) in all categories, as demonstrated by language test results.2
f. The candidate’s spouse/common law partner has submitted language test results demonstrating a CLB and NCLC level four (4) or higher in both official languages.1
g. The candidate has a dependant child enrolled in a formal education program in the West Kootenays.2
Minimum Required Points – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 26

Operational Considerations and Additional Information

Intake Period

Applicants who meet the federal and community eligibility criteria will be placed into a candidate pool. The committee will do continuous intakes throughout the year. The committee will offer a recommendation to those candidates who best fit the Community Criteria, as demonstrated by the ranking based on priority points. Applicants who were not chosen for recommendation, will be placed back into the candidate pool. Applications will be considered for recommendation up to two (2) months after the initial application date. After which, the application will be declined, but the applicant may choose to re-apply.

Interviews

All applicants who apply must be available for a videoconference interview at the discretion of the committee.