Community Criteria

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.

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 $17/hour and $21.99/hour.
  4. To apply to the West Kootenay RNIP, submit a complete application using Step # 4 under the Applicants tab. Be sure to to follow Steps 1-3 under Applicants tab before submitting.

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.

    The following exemption applies:
    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 $17/hour and $21.99/hour.
Consult the Community Criteria to ensure that your business is eligible for RNIP in West Kootenays.

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.

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1. 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 in to the West Kootenay. The connection must be currently living in the West Kootenay. All connections must live in separate households
Points
a. Close family connection
Parents, siblings, or children of candidate or spouse/common-law partner of candidate. Each individual confirmed connection receives points.
(maximum 2 connections; maximum 8 points)
4
b. Medium family connection
Grandparent, aunt, uncle of candidate or spouse/common-law partner of candidate. Each individual confirmed connection receives points.
(maximum 2 connections; maximum 4 points)
2
c. Cousin, niece, nephew or friend of candidate or spouse/common-law partner of candidate.
Must be 22 years or older. Friends must have no relation through blood, adoption or marriage.
(maximum 1 connection; maximum 2 points)
2
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 a minimum of 6 months.15
b. If the candidate does NOT live in the region and they have previously spent one (1) continuous week or more in the West Kootenay region.5
3. Work in the regionPoints
The candidate has had a previous job (in the 3 years prior to application date), or currently has a job with a business in the West Kootenay and has been working in that position for at least one continuous 6 month period.10
4. Wage and NOC Category of Job OfferPoints
a. A job offer with a wage which exceeds the minimum of $22.00 per hour will receive one (1) point for every additional $2.00 per hour. $52.00 / hour or higher will receive maximum points.
(maximum 15 points)
* In the event of a yearly salary, please indicate an hourly wage. *
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b. A job offer in NOC O, A or B10
c. Candidates will receive one (1) point for every two years of work experience in the NOC code of the job being offered. 20 years’ experience will receive 10 points.
(maximum 10 points)
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5. Candidate’s Age on the date the application is receivedPoints
22 to 28 years 5
29 to 40 years8
41 to 50 years6
51 years and older – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 2
6. Driver’s Licence Points
a. Candidate has a Canadian driver’s licence3
b. In the absence of a Canadian driver’s license, the candidate holds a valid driver’s license from another country.2
7. Demonstration of proficiency in English & FrenchPoints
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
8. Candidate’s spouse / common-law partnerPoints
a. The candidate’s spouse/common-law partner is authorized to work and has been working in the West Kootenay for a minimum of 6 months at the time of application.4
b. The candidate’s spouse/common-law partner is not currently working here, but has a valid job offer in the West Kootenay region.3
c. The candidate’s spouse/common-law partner is living, or has lived in the West Kootenay region for a minimum of 1 year in the last 5 years.3
d. The candidate’s spouse/common-law partner has language proficiency in English or French that exceed CLB or NCLC level four (4) in all categories, as demonstrated by language test results.2
e. 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
f. The candidate’s spouse/common-law partner has a Canadian driver’s license.3
g. In the absence of a Canadian driver’s licence, the candidate’s spouse/common-law partner holds a valid driver’s license from another country.2
Total Maximum Points – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 100

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.