Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Welcome and thank you for your interest in Vernon and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) project.

Vernon was recognized as area of opportunity that could benefit from this pilot and has entered into a partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The community will utilize this program to continue to strengthen our local economy and support the development of our workforce. Each of the 11 communities across the country that are participating in the pilot will have the opportunity to tailor an immigration program directly to their needs and economic development goals. For more information on the benefits of immigration, please go to Immigration Matters.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please click on one of the two buttons below:

Our City

Vernon is a welcoming city of over 42,000 people located in the beautiful North Okanagan. The city is the hub of the region and boasts a diversified economy that is poised to continue to growth and develop. For more information about Vernon and the surrounding communities, please visit the City of Vernon’s website.

The Pilot

RNIP is a community lead immigration program that is designed to bring skilled permanent residents to rural communities. The goal of the program is to spread the benefits of economic immigration to communities outside of the large metropolitan centres. Vernon has partnered with IRCC to develop a program that works best for our community by prioritizing skilled immigrants who intend to make Vernon their home. For more information, please go to the IRCC’s website.