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 550 newcomers apply for their Permanent Residency in Canada. Additionally, over 140 West Kootenay employers have used the pilot to support existing employees or hire skilled foreign workers to support their workforce needs.
The West Kootenay RNIP has been instrumental in our region. Foreign nationals who work, live and resettle in our communities, have secured more economic development opportunities and have helped our region become a more diverse community. We wish to thank the West Kootenay RNIP participants who shared their stories with us below. We hope you enjoy learning about each inspiring, passionate and driven person who dared to follow their dreams.
Dani and Tiago: Crafting Their Children’s Freedom
“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
Ainsworth Hot Springs: Multiculturalism Makes for a Varied and Interesting Life
“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
Paul: “Google – What’s Slang for Acceptance and a Fun Career?”
“Mostly, I like the kids,” says Paul, about his favourite part about working as an early childhood educator (ECE) at Cornerstone Children’s Center in Nelson. “The kids call me Silly Pauly, so I try to be more funny. Yeah. I love that.” Paul has been living in Nelson with his family for five years and … Read more
Aylen: To the Land of Everything. Even New Mattresses.
There’s no doubt in Aylen’s mind that Nelson is the place she belongs. Ever since her first visit from her home in Argentina in 2009, she couldn’t help but travel back for ski trips and summer adventures. She’s grateful for the chance to live in Nelson permanently, which she accomplished through the West Kootenay Rural … Read more
Mark: From the Streets of London to the Hot Springs of Kootenay Lake
From police inspector to hotel reception manager, Mark has lived a few lives. He spent 31 years in the police force in London, where he had many different roles throughout his career. He spent his final years in training positions but has also been an inspector and part of the SWAT team. Although he’s in … Read more
Ilshat and Iliuza: The Road To Friendship, Multiculturalism and Home
“I would like to say that, for others, if you want to move, you can move. If you have difficulties, they will make you stronger. Don’t be afraid. Just do it, and everything else will happen for you.” This advice, from Ilshat Khasanov, is for anyone who is considering immigrating to Canada like he did. … Read more
Gitansh: Moving Up the Ladder and Down the Slopes
After arriving in Canada from India, it didn’t take long for Gitansh to find his groove. He went from being a student with a part-time serving job to a shift supervisor at a casino to the general manager of a major hotel in Castlegar! All within his first few years in his new country. When … Read more
Sutco: RNIP Hires Keep Sutco “Truckin’ On”
Imagine giving nearly 300 people their first job interview in Canada! Meet Maris, he’s the human resources manager at Sutco, a forestry transportation company that hauls lumber, wood chips, and the like. He is passionate about helping the people he’s hired at Sutco through the West Kootenay Rural and Northern Immigrant Pilot (RNIP). Maris has … Read more
Mahitha: A Journey Paved with Kindness
Mahitha’s journey to permanent residency (PR) was a nail-biting one. This resilient woman is certainly no stranger to trudging through the maze that can be immigrating to Canada. She initially came on a student visa with a three-year work permit and took Business Administration at Selkirk College. After her three years were up, she lost … Read more
Manish: Sharing His Picture Perfect
“They were really helpful throughout my journey, and they taught me a lot. When I want to travel to a different place, I usually go with my colleagues. They are my good friends.” Manish’s work friends celebrated with him when he achieved his permanent residency (PR) in January 2022 through the Rural Northern Immigration Pilot … Read more
Castleview Care Centre: Caring for the Nurses that Care
“The building, the field, the atmosphere when you walk into the building is what really drew me in,” says Arlene about the Castleview Care Centre, a long-term care residence in Castlegar. Arlene recently started working at Castleview as an administrator. “The care aides genuinely care for their residents who all intermingle here; it is not … Read more
Bhargav: From the First Day until the Last, Bhargav hit the Jackpot!
As soon as Bhargav was approved for permanent residency (PR), job offers seemed to come flooding in for his field of study. And this guy certainly deserves to be working in his chosen field! He came to Canada in the first place to expand his knowledge in accounting. “I wanted to experience more knowledge; how … Read more