Claresholm Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Applications for Community Recommendation are now CLOSED for the Claresholm Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

Please note that the pilot will sunset on August 31, 2024, which means candidates that receive Community Recommendation after Feb 29th, 2024 will have less than 6 months to apply for permanent residence.

Claresholm is one of eleven communities in Canada approved for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) 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 Claresholm and our 25km boundary.

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.

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 (MT) on the first Monday of the same month. If your application is submitted after this deadline, your application may be reviewed at the next EDC meeting. 


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