Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot

During 2020 the Claresholm Economic Development Committee will recommend up to 20-people and their families to become permanent residents of Claresholm, Alberta, Canada.

What is the Claresholm RNIP? Claresholm is one of eleven communities in Canada approved for the rural immigration pilot program, and is the only community to be selected in Alberta. The Claresholm RNIP will support economic development by attracting newcomers that are qualified to fill vacant, full-time, permanent jobs in Claresholm and within 25 km of Claresholm. 

Employers that wish to fill full-time permanent positions must meet a series of criteria, as well as demonstrate that the job offer is a genuine offer of employment in an occupation or an industry sector that is in demand in the community. For more information about how to participate as an employer, please visit: Info for Businesses.

Applicants that wish to live and work in Claresholm, must meet a series of federal criteria, must obtain an offer of employment from an approved employer, and must receive a community recommendation from the Claresholm Economic Development Committee. For more information on how to participate please visit: Info for Foreign Skilled Workers.

The Claresholm Economic Development Committee has been approved under Government of Canada Ministerial Order to recommend immigrants for permanent residency for 3-years beginning January 2020.

  • All jobs must be available to Canadians first, at the same pay and working conditions
  • All job applications must be submitted using the Claresholm RNIP Employment Portal
  • Only 20-recommendations will be made in 2020. The number will be re-evaluated for 2021

Government of Canada Update: On March 16, 2020, the Prime Minister announced travel restriction measures that will restrict air travel to Canadians, permanent residents and families of Canadians to protect Canada from the outbreak of COVID-19. Workers, students and approved permanent residents who haven’t landed should not travel yet. An official global travel advisory is in effect: Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice. Please see the Government of Canada website for more information.

Claresholm RNIP Update:  The Claresholm RNIP will continue to operate as planned, however applications may experience longer wait times. Many local employers have been forced to close or reduce hours and services, and therefore some job opportunities are not available at this time.

On April 20, 2020 the Claresholm Economic Development Committee (EDC) made its first Community Recommendation. The EDC will continue to consider applications on a monthly-basis until the 20-recommendation limit is reached. 

If you do not live in Canada, or if you live in Canada but do not have a Valid Open Work Permit then you must submit your job applications using the Claresholm RNIP Employment Portal. More jobs will be posted as they become available. 

If you currently live in Canada, and hold a valid Open Work Permit, then you should apply for jobs directly with the employer and identify yourself as an Open Work Permit holder. Individuals that provide false or misleading information to the EDC or to any Claresholm employers will not be considered for Community Recommendation. 


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Please visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada for more information regarding federal criteria and information.