The West Kootenay region – which includes the communities of Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, Rossland and surrounding areas – is one of eleven locations across Canada that will welcome skilled foreign workers through the Government of Canada’s new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. The three-year pilot launched in Fall 2019. Our team is currently working with prospective employers who would like to hire immigrants to fill jobs that have gone unfilled locally. We are not accepting applications for immigration at this time.
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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.
Over a three-year period, the Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot aims to attract immigrants of various skill levels to fill full-time, year-round positions that have gone unfilled locally. A committee was established in Fall 2019 to set the local criteria for endorsing our ‘best fit’ candidates for immigration.
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)