The implementation of Economic Immigration Pilots in Canada arises from three aspects: specific regional and labor sector needs, the delay of budget approvals by Parliament, and the uncertainty that a program can be successful or not. So Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) look at pilot programs as a fast way to deliver solutions to the economic needs of a region, province. Economic growth and employment growth contribute to the country’s economic output. The duration of these Pilot Programs can be months or years, but not forever. If not successful, they can close at the discretion of the Government. Currently, we have several Pilot Programs as follows:
The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilots: These pilots launched in June 2019, and they will remain open until May 2024. Each pilot will accept a total of 2,750 applications per year. Both of them offer a pathway to permanent residency to the applicant and his/her family. See more under “Caregiver.”
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) is a program that fully supports employers in the Atlantic region to meet the high demand of workers for the many industries it has. This pilot program has proven to be very successful, and it recently was extended for two additional years until December 2021 IRCC is considering making this pilot program a permanent one. The program will receive 5,000 workers, and it will complement the Provincial Nominee Program for the Atlantic provinces. I
Employers need to be designated to hire international workers and/or international graduates.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) launched in January 2019, with the communities announced in June 2019. Eleven communities are the participants in the program, and each aims to economic development for each community. These are the communities
- North Bay, ON (Coming Soon)
- Sudbury, ON (Comming Soon)
- Timmins, ON (Coming Soon)
- Sault Ste. Marie, ON
- Thunder Bay, ON
- Brandon, MB
- Altona/Rhineland, MB
- Moose Jaw, SK (Coming Soon)
- Claresholm, AB
- Vernon, BC
- West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson, BC (Coming Soon)
The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot: Applications for this program will start March 30, 2020, and it will last for three years. This program will help the needs of certain sector employers. The idea is to attract workers with Canadian work experience in occupations related to agri-food such as meat processing, greenhouse and mushroom production, and livestock industries.
There will be new ones that are in the works such as Municipal Nominee Program and more.