Canada's Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot has been launched in the first three participating communities.

Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario and Altona/Rhineland in Manitoba are accepting applications for community recommendation from candidates with a job offer from a local employer.

Meanwhile, Thunder Bay in Ontario is accepting interest from local employers who wish to be part of the program.

Once fully operational, 11 communities will be able to receive applications for community recommendation under the program. That recommendation can then be used to apply to the federal government for permanent residence.

The RNIP is designed to help bring new skilled worker immigrants to smaller communities.

The five-year federal immigration pilot is designed to help smaller communities with aging populations and labour shortages, which struggle to attract and retain new immigrants.

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