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RNIP Helps Area Businesses Hire Foreign Nationals

The Vernon and North Okanagan Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a federal immigration program designed to bring immigrants to smaller communities.

Who can use this RNIP Pilot?

Businesses that have a permanent full-time job vacancy can advertise on this website at no cost to attract international applicants.  The RNIP coordinator will list your job and forward qualitied applicants to your business.

Businesses must take free training to get approved for the RNIP program.  Contact us below.

Jobs must be within the boundary map of the North Okanagan region including: This Pilot region includes the

map of north okanagan areas related to the pilot

  • City of Vernon
  • District of Lake Country
  • District of Coldstream
  • City of Armstrong
  • Township of Spallumcheen
  • City of Enderby
  • Village of Lumby
  • Several unincorporated areas within the North Okanagan, Columbia Shuswap, Central Okanagan, Thompson Nicola Regional Districts, and
  • Land under the authority of the Okanagan Indian Band and the Splatsin First Nation.

It is important to note that this excluding the census subdivision of Kelowna (City), as defined by Statistics Canada

Map showing boundary area for RNIP boundary

  • Vernon
  • Lake Country
  • Oyama
  • Coldstream
  • Lavington
  • Lumby
  • Armstrong
  • Enderby
  • Falkland
  • Spallumcheen


Recommendations for work permits to foreign nationals can be offered through this pilot to fill labour market needs or skill shortages.

To see eligible job salaries and other required criteria, please read more here or contact the coordinator. 

Hiring an International Candidate

Once you select a candidate and make a job offer, this RNIP Pilot makes it easier for foreign nationals to get their RNIP specific work permit leading to Permanent Residency.

Also, the time needed to get Permanent Residence is faster than with other programs (12 months), less expensive for the employer ($230) and has a high success rate due to the community recommendation.

RNIP is a good option for businesses to attract, hire, and keep employees.

With RNIP, employers can extend their employee’s status, or bring in a new worker on a LMIA-exempt RNIP-specific work permit, saving cost and time

How the RNIP Coordinator Helps Your Hiring Process

If already have a job to post or if you have an employee who may be eligible for this program, please contact us.

The RNIP Project Coordinator is available to help employers understand the program and offer direct support all through the application process. 

The Coordinator can help from the beginning of your search for an employee up to approval of Permanent Residence.  This starts with a one-on-one training session. Support includes forwarding applications from qualified candidates through the RNIP job website to you making hiring easier.

To learn more, visit our employer information page.