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. 

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.