Employers Approval Process

Thank you for your interest in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot project.

Please review the information below. Follow the steps carefully.

For Community specific questions, please email  Ward Mercer at wardmercer@futuresbc.com. For other questions regarding the pilot, please go  to IRCC’s website.

The Employer Approval Process.  

 Click each step to see the full requirements and links to information. 

Review the Federal Eligibility Requirements. and community criteria to make sure your business is eligible to offer employment through this Pilot. 

Employers are required to attend the training session before being considered as an eligible employer under this pilot.

This helps employers prepare for the next steps of hiring a foreign national and will explain how to comply with the required information-sharing arrangement with IRCC about the newcomer(s) to the Community.

To book your training session, send an email to Ward Mercer at wardmercer@futuresbc.com

Sign your mandatory Employer Declaration and email it to the Community via email to wardmercer@futuresbc.com

Download and sign this Employer Declaration

Additional Documents,  if you are applying for the Business Investment Exemption:

  • VCRF-005 Business Investment Exemption
  • Proof of Investment  (such as mortgage, rental agreement, other capital cost)
  • Proof of Operation in Canada (such as financial statements, CRA business filings, GST number, Worksafe BC)
  • Proof of expanding into community
    (such as thorough business plan, business licence)

Email your job information, including job description, salary and one original job posting advertisement to  wardmercer@futuresbc.com.

Download and complete the VCRF-003 Job Posting Form.

RNIP staff will post eligible jobs that are recruiting candidate(s) on the RNIP Vernon – North Okanagan job board.  The posting will be open for applications for 3 weeks.

Job applications will be forwarded to the employer from the RNIP Job Board. 

If no suitable candidate is found, the job posting can be re-opened to allow new applicants to submit their resume.

When your hiring process is completed, the IMM5984 Offer of Employment to a Foreign National must be issued to the candidate.

Notify the RNIP coordinator by email to  wardmercer@futuresbc.com  that you are referring a candidate for Community recommendation.

Help the candidate during this recommendation process, and following a recommendation, through their Permanent Resident application through IRCC.

Complete and sign an “Offer of Employment Form”  (IMM 5894) for the candidate you want to hire.

An employer may request up to 6 candidates to be recommended by the committee per calendar year with the exception of preferred NOC codes. This rule takes effect starting September 1, 2022.

Employers, who reached this cap for the calendar year 2022 prior to September 1st, will be granted two additional requests for candidate approval until December 2022.   This rule takes effect starting in September 1, 2022.

Should the program be extended beyond its original expiry date, an employer may request up to 6 candidates to be recommended by the committee per calendar year with the exception of preferred NOC codes. This rule takes effect starting September 1, 2022.

Tell the candidate to send their Signed Offer of Employment Form to wardmercer@futuresbc.com and to complete their Profile on the RNIP system.

Help the candidate during this recommendation period and following a recommendation, with their Permanent Resident application through IRCC.

After your newcomer employee arrives into the community, the employer must refer the newcomer to Vernon & District Immigrant and Community Services.  They will offer peer mentoring to help your new employee and their family settle.

You must comply with the required information-sharing arrangement with IRCC about the newcomer(s) to the Community.

These requirements are explained during the employers training session.

The following NOC codes are exempt from the employer cap. All other NOC codes will be included in the yearly employer cap.

  • 3012 Registered nurses
  • 3211 Medical Lab Tech
  • 3212 Medical Lab Technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  • 3233 Licensed practical nurses
  • 3413 Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
  • 4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
  • 7241 Electricians
  • 7251 Plumbers
  • 7271 Carpenters
  • 7272 Cabinetmakers
  • 7283 Tile setters
  • 7391 Roofers and Shinglers
  • 7313 Heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics
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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.