Thank you for your interest in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot project. Please review the information below and follow the steps carefully. For all community-based questions, please direct them to Ward Mercer at wardmercer@rnip.ca. For all other questions regarding the pilot, please go to IRCC’s website.

1. Ensure that your business meets the federal eligibility requirements
2. Consult the Community Criteria to ensure that your business is eligible for RNIP in Vernon
3. Complete the mandatory RNIP training.

Interested employers should contact Ward Mercer at wardmercer@rnip.ca for information regarding the next available training session.

4. Sign and submit the employer declaration

Employer Declaration

Sign the mandatory Employer Declaration and submit it to the Community via wardmercer@rnip.ca

5. Submit your job posting to the community

Provide information regarding your job posting to the Community via wardmercer@rnip.ca; this information will be used to create your job posting on Vernon’s RNIP job board.

6. Hire a candidate and inform the community
  • Conduct normal hiring procedures once candidates apply to your job postings. Complete and sign an IMM 5894 “Offer of Employment Form” for the candidate that best fits your position.

    Offer of Employment Form
  • Contact the Community via wardmercer@rnip.ca to inform the Community that you are referring a candidate for recommendation.
7. Instruct and assist the candidate
  • Instruct the candidate to apply to the Community via their candidate profile, ensuring that they submit their Offer of Employment Form.
  • Assist the candidate throughout the recommendation period and the subsequent Permanent Resident application with IRCC.
  • After a successful application, businesses must refer the newcomers to local settlement services and must offer peer mentoring services.
  • Business will comply with the required information sharing arrangement with IRCC regarding the newcomer(s) to the Community.

Fraud and Mis-representation

Fraud and mis-representation are taken very seriously by the Community and by IRCC. Any business found to be mis-representing themselves or committing fraud will be banned from applying for recommendation for the duration of the pilot, along with any associated parties.  

Mis-representation and fraud can take many forms including but not limited to:

  • Submission of fraudulent documents
  • Accepting or offering money for a job offer
  • Intentionally misleading the Community


It is important to note the following:

  • All decisions made by the Community are final and are not subject to appeal.
  • Receiving a recommendation from the Community does not guarantee permanent residence; IRCC has sole authority to approve or refuse all applications for permanent residency.