Claresholm Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

IMPORTANT: Due to the high influx of applications, The Economic Development Committee has decided to cap employers at a total of 5 Recommendations issued within the life of the Pilot. Depending on labour needs, this decision may be revisited in the future. This decision has been made in an effort to distribute allocations in an equitable manner and meet the labour needs of as many employers as possible.

We have reached our allocation limit for 2023, however you can still apply and be considered for Community Recommendation in 2024, though there are only 8 allocations in 2024 as the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is set to end and February is the last month to apply. There is a lot of interest in the program and a high number of applicants, so approvals will ultimately be up to the Economic Development Committee’s discretion. We acknowledge that some people may not be able to use the Pilot before it ends.

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 within 25 km Claresholm.

Eligible employers can recruit and hire foreign skilled workers to fill local job vacancies.  Since February 2020, Claresholm has issued 61 community recommendations for employment at 33 different businesses in Claresholm.  For more information on how to participate as an employer, please visit: Info for Businesses.

Qualified candidates that wish to live and work in Claresholm, and who meet the federal criteria must apply for jobs in Claresholm in order to obtain an offer of employment.  Candidates that receive an offer of employment and a community recommendation from the Claresholm Economic Development Committee, can apply for permanent residency in Canada. For more information on how to immigrate to Claresholm please visit: Info for Foreign Skilled Workers.

Claresholm is no longer using the Claresholm RNIP Portal to post job vacancies. Eligible RNIP candidates are invited to apply to any job within the community of Claresholm.  

The Claresholm Economic Development Committee has been approved under Government of Canada Ministerial Order to recommend immigrants for permanent residency until February, 2024. 

The Economic Development Committee meets on the third Monday of each month, to be considered for Community Recommendation for a given month you must submit your COMPLETE application by 4:00 pm (MDT/GMT-6) on the previous Monday (the second Monday of each month).


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