In early 2020, West Kootenay communities will begin welcoming foreign skilled workers through the Government of Canada’s new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. The West Kootenay region – which includes the communities of Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, Rossland and surrounding areas – is one of eleven locations across Canada eligible to accept newcomers through this pilot.
Over a three-year period, the pilot will aim to attract a maximum of 250 immigrants of various skill levels to fill full-time, year-round positions that have gone unfilled locally. A committee will be established to help set the local criteria for endorsing our ‘best fit’ candidates for immigration.
This project is currently under development and applications from prospective residents are not being accepted at this time. If you would like to be notified when the West Kootenay opens application for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, we have a mailing list you can sign up for here.
Information about the pilot is available on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website here.
Our press release about the pilot can be found here.Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)