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Immigration programs: Canada for pilots

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The new Canadian program builds on the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (2017) and will facilitate the process of obtaining residence permits for foreign workers of various skill levels in the following provinces and territories:

  • Ontario (Thunder Bay, Sault Sainte Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay)
  • Manitoba (Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Cooley, Brandon)
  • Saskatchewan (Moose Joe) 
  • Alberta (Claresh)
  • British Columbia (West Cootney, Vernon)
  • Yukon 
  • Northwest Territories Nunavut 

About program

According to Immigration Canada, cities with a population of 50,000 or less, or located at least 75 kilometers from the metropolis with 100,000 or more, and cities with a population of up to 200,000, if they qualify, can participate in the program.

Like the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIPP), the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot will run in parallel with the Provincial Nominee Program. The AIPP allows employers in the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island to hire foreigners for their businesses if they are unable to fill vacancies with local workers. In 2018, through the AIPP, a residence permit was issued for 2,500 foreign workers and students. The Ministry of Immigration has not yet specified the quota for the new program.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot requirements To become a permanent resident of Canada through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program, you must have:

Work experience

You must have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in the past three years.

Language requirements

Based on your occupation, which qualifies for the NOC National Occupational Classification, different requirements apply (which are considered fairly light): NOC 0 and A: CLB / NCLC 6 (translated into IETLS 5.0, 5.5, 5.5, 5.5) NOC B: CLB / NCLC 5 (translated into IETLS 4.0, 5.0, 5.0, 5.0) NOC C and D: CLB / NCLC 4 (translated into IETLS 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 4.0)


A certificate of secondary (complete) general education is suitable for this program Money in the account Even if you already have a ready-made work proposal on hand, you must show that you have a sufficient amount. This can be in the form: Bank statement Real estate title deeds Investment accounts The amount shown depends on the number of family members you are traveling to Canada with:

Number of members


Account Amount

(in Canadian dollars)

1 $8,922
2 $11,107
3 $13,654
4 $16,579
5 $18,803
6 $21,207

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