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.
- Immigration 101 (Wednesday, Nov 13th @ 9am-3:30pm). This session will help you gain an understanding of the many immigration pathways available to people seeking temporary worker and/or permanent residence in Canada. The material covered will be of interest to both employers and referring organizations. It is not a session for people wanting to immigrate to Canada. The cost is $25 and includes lunch.
Register at: https://immigration101nelson.eventbrite.ca
- Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Employer Info Session. Unlike the Immigration 101 event, which covers immigration in general, these sessions look specifically at the new immigration pathway being piloted in the West Kootenay. Interested employers will learn about the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot and how they can get started with hiring foreign workers for jobs that have gone unfilled locally. The Employer Info Sessions will be offered in Nelson on Nov. 13, in Castlegar on Nov. 14, and in Trail on Nov. 15.
Register at: https://rnipemployerinfo.eventbrite.ca
Sign up for updates
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)