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Canada Announces Measures to Enhance Francophone Immigration and Boost Immigration to Rural and Northern Communities

The latest announcement by Canada’s Immigration Minister, Marc Miller, on March 6, focuses on launching pilot programs to promote immigration to rural and northern communities and boost the immigration of French speakers.

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) will become a permanent program following its successful implementation and encouraging response. The RNIP program contributed to developing rural and northern economies after its launch in 2019. Aspiring immigrants can continue applying to the RNIP until August 2024.

The following new pilot programs will become operational this fall:

  • Francophone Community Immigration Pilot
  • Rural Community Immigration Pilot

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot proved rural communities can improve immigration and retention of skilled workers to spur the much-needed economic growth in these communities. The encouraging experience of the RNIP program is behind the decision to make it a permanent program.

Obtaining French language skills helps improve the prospects of immigrating to Canada. Canada is exploring diverse avenues to attract French-speaking immigrants. The new measure will help establish Francophone communities in rural Canada. Aspiring immigrants can also explore new category-based Express Entry draws for French language proficiency. 

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