in

Early Success For Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot In Vernon, British Columbia

The city of Vernon in British Columbia province has become the latest community to launch its website for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

Applications from candidates who meet both federal and community requirements are being accepted as of Feb. 1, 2020.

Vernon is the fifth community to launch activity through the RNIP, after Thunder Bay in Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie, and the Manitoba cities of Altona/Rhineland and Brandon.

“The community will use this program to continue to strengthen our local economy and support the development of our workforce,” the website says.

As well as the federal requirement (listed below), the community lists specific candidate requirements, as well as its own version of the Comprehensive Ranking System, similar to that of the federal Express Entry system.

Vernon Community-Specific Candidate Requirements

  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of five (5) or higher, in French or English, for all skill levels.
  • Have completed a profile on the Vernon website.

The Vernon Comprehensive Ranking System (VCRS) allows applicants to score up to 100 points on a number of factors including:

  • Age,
  • Language
  • Family ties in Vernon
  • Previous travel experience, time spent, and property owned in Vernon
  • Work or study experience,
  • General work experience,
  • Spouse or partner’s work experience,
  • Wage offered,
  • Whether they hold a driver’s license.

Vernon community has an annual allocation of 100 recommendations for candidates through the RNIP.

The majority of candidates must have an employment offer with wages of at least $25 per hour to be eligible. However, ten (10) percent of recommendations with being exempt from this requirement, provided the wage offered is between $20 and $24.99 per hour, and they score a minimum of Sixty-five (65) points on the VCRS.

“Applicants who are presently working, studying, and/or residing for at least the last twelve (12) months in the community will be exempted from the community-specific wage criteria,” the website says.

Other RNIP Participating Communities

Community Community website
North Bay, Ontario www.northbayrnip.ca
Sudbury, Ontario www.investsudbury.ca/how-can-we-help/immigration-options/
Timmins, Ontario Timmins RNIP
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario www.welcometossm.com
Thunder Bay, Ontario www.gothunderbay.com
Brandon, Manitoba www.economicdevelopmentbrandon.com
Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba www.seedrgpa.com
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan www.moosejawrnip.ca
Claresholm, Alberta www.claresholm.ca/rural-northern-immigration-pilot
Vernon, British Columbia www.rnip-vernon.ca
West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), British Columbia www.wk-rnip.ca