Welcome. Thank you for your interest in coming to Vernon and the North Okanagan.  You must have an offer for a full-time job in our community before you can apply for permanent residency through this pilot.  Applicants are encouraged to set up their online profile to be considered for jobs on our job board.  Please read the information below. Follow the steps. 

For all questions related to the Vernon-North Okanagan Pilot please send an email to Ward at For all other questions regarding the pilot and permanent residency in Canada , please click on IRCC’s website.

The Application Process.  

 Click the link at each step to see the full requirements and links to information. 
Find Full-time Employment in the Community.

Please note that it is up to you to find a suitable job in the Community. The RNIP Pilot staff will not help you look for a job.

For more information about eligible jobs, read  the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

You must complete an Applicant/Candidate profile to be eligible for recommendation. 

Your Profile lets you apply for jobs that meet the RNIP Criteria on the RNIP Vernon North Okanagan job board. 

Click Here to Create Your Applicant/Candidate Profile

Some pre-approved positions will be posted on our RNIP Vernon North Okanagan job board. Other jobs may be eligible for RNIP but do not appear on our RNIP job board. Applicants are encouraged to search for employment on other public job boards such as Indeed and the Canada Job Bank.

When  you are offered a job, ask the employer to complete and sign the RNIP Offer of Employment Form. It is up to you  to upload the signed form to your Profile. It is part of your application.

You must complete the schedule 1 and upload it to your applicant/candidate Profile. 

The Schedule 1 Form (IMM5911) can be found on IRCC’s website under “forms for the Principal Applicant” or click below.

Schedule 1 – Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (IMM5911)

If your computer browser window does not open the document (it is in Adobe PDF form), you may be able to click the “fill and sign” button or follow this link to the IRCC’s Help Centre

To apply for recommendation from the Vernon North Okanagan Community, you must  sent the following documents to the Community via your Applicant/Candidate Profile:

  • The completed IMM 5984 (Offer of Employment) form
  • The completed IMM5911 (Schedule 1)
  • Your language assessment results
  • Work experience documentation (reference letter, pay stubs, etc.)
  • Proof of funds (bank statements, documents from financial institutions) from applicants who are outside Canada. 
  • Educational assessment and scan of certificate, diploma or degree.
  • Resume of spouse or partner

Please note, applying for a job is not the same as applying for a recommendation through the Pilot.  You must send your fully completed application through your online Candidate Profile to be considered for recommendation. 

Send the necessary documents to support your RNIP Application:
  • Documents from past jobs in the community. This can be pay stubs, professional references, business address and contact.
  • If you are now in Canada, please list the immediate family members you wish to add to your Permanent Resident application.
  • Documents showing that you have lived in the community: rental agreement, bill payments, address.
  • If you have family in the Community, provide their name and address, how long they have lived here, and their relationship to you.
  • If you have family coming with you to Canada, provide their names, ages and relation to you.
  • If your spouse is coming to Canada with you, provide their resume. 
  • If your spouse has worked in the select industries, please send any pay stubs, references, business address, and a short list of duties done.
  • If you have visited our community, please send proof such as (if possible) the travel plans, hotel bills, plane tickets, and any other information that can show that you traveled to the area.
  • A copy of your driver’s license (Canadian or foreign) if you have one.
  • If you have chosen to use an authorized representative, send the completed IMM 5476 Use of Representative Form.
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Immigration Representatives

You may choose to use a representative to act on your behalf or to assist you with finding a qualifying job offer, completing your RNIP application for recommendation or completing your Permanent Resident application. There are different types of representatives: paid and unpaid and authorized and unauthorized. Representatives are authorized if they are:

  • lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society
  • notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec and
  • citizenship or immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council

The Community will not communicate with, or allow for, unauthorized representatives to assist with your RNIP application. If you use an unauthorized representative, in Canada or abroad, we may return your application or refuse it.

It is important to note that using a representative does not change how your application will be reviewed or whether it will be approved or rejected. All applications are handled the same regardless of whether a representative is used or not. Immigration representatives cannot guarantee Community Recommendation, Permanent Residence, or a more expedient processing of an application.

Fraud and Mis-representation

Fraud and mis-representation are taken very seriously by the Community and by IRCC. Any applicant 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.