West Kootenay

West Kootenay in British Columbia accepting RNIP applications

West Kootenay accepting applications for Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot [RNIP]. Of the 11 communities participating in the Pilot, 9 have started accepting applications.

Total of 11 communities from 5 provinces – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario – are participating in the RNIP.

Communities participating in the RNIP are:

Community Province Status
BrandonManitobaAccepting applications
ClaresholmAlbertaAccepting applications
Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum CouleeManitobaAccepting applications
Moose JawSaskatchewanTo be launched
North BayOntarioTo be launched
Sault Ste. MarieOntarioAccepting applications
SudburyOntarioAccepting applications
Thunder BayOntarioAccepting applications
TimminsOntarioAccepting applications
VernonBritish ColumbiaAccepting applications
West Kootenay [Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson]British ColumbiaAccepting applications

West Kootenay in the province of British Columbia is a welcoming region of more than 30,000 people. Majestic mountains, abundant wildlife as well as many beautiful rivers and lakes make up the West Kootenay region.

Known collectively as the West Kootenay region, individual communities in the region participating in the RNIP are –

Community Province
Trail, Rossland and surrounding area
Castlegar and area
Nelson and area

Basic step-wise process for community recommendation through West Kootenay RNIP

STEP 1: Fulfil IRCC’s requirements for eligibility
Secure full-time permanent job offer in the West Kootenay region
Check community criteria eligibility
Download and complete Form IMM 5911E
Submit Form IMM 5911E with all required documents
Review of application by the Community Recommendation Committee
Decision of the Committee
Apply directly to IRCC for Canada PR
IRCC assesses Canada PR application submitted
Start with the settlement process in West Kootenay after Canadian PR received

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-led immigration program specifically designed to bring in and retain skilled permanent residents to the rural communities in Canada.

An integral part of the West Kootenay RNIP selection process will be the assessment of the immigration candidate’s ties to the community. This is required to ensure that the candidate, along with family, are indeed prepared to live in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia after getting their Canada PR.


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