Application Process & Steps

Welcome to the Rural Northern Immigration Pilot application process for Sault Ste.  Marie, Ontario. Please review the information below and follow the steps carefully. Any community-related questions can be directed to For all other questions, please visit the IRCC website





The RNIP Pilot has been extended until February 2024. Please see more information here. 

National Occupational Classification 2021


On November 16, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be switching to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). We’ll post information on this site in August 2022 about how this will affect the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP).

Any Application received after October 10, 2022, will be processed on the NOC 2021 version.(posted October 3, 2022)

Process & Steps:

Step 1: Make sure you meet the IRCC Federal Eligibility Requirements

Step 2: Find full-time permanent employment in Sault Ste. Marie.

  • One of the requirements is that you are currently employed or have a job offer from an employer in Sault Ste. Marie.
    • IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY EMPLOYED OR HAVE A JOB OFFER, please apply to job postings that meet your past work experience and education.  Please DO NOT submit an online application if you do not have a job offer from a local employer.
    • Please note the City of Sault Ste. Marie will not assist candidates with their job search.  It is your responsibility to obtain your own job offer from a local employer.
    • Employers will conduct normal hiring practices, such as interviews and reference checks.
    • You must have the RNIP Offer of Employment form filled out and signed by your employer. It is your responsibility to upload this form as part of your application.

Step 3: Check to see if you match with the Community Requirements.

  • The Community Recommendation Committee will be assessing candidates's ties to the community to ensure you and your family are prepared to reside in Sault Ste. Marie after you receive your permanent residency.

Step 4: Ready to apply? Download and complete the RNIP Application Form IMM 5911E.

Step 5: Submit RNIP Application Form HEREDO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A JOB OFFER FROM A LOCAL EMPLOYER.  Anything submitted other than a completed application will be determined ineligible and discarded.

Step 6: A Sault Ste. Marie RNIP Coordinator will request further documentation from you via e-mail.

  • That documentation will include:
    • Resume
    • English Language test results: (eg. IELTS, CELPIP test report forms)
    • Educational credential assessment
    • If educated in Canada, a copy of your certificate, diploma or degree
    • If in Canada, a copy of your work permit
    • If currently in Sault Ste. Marie, a copy of your rental/lease/home ownership agreement indicating you reside in Sault Ste. Marie
    • Possible further documentation that we may require as part of the process.
  • Please note that any documentation provided to the RNIP Coordinator or Community Recommendation Committee MUST BE COPIES. All originals will be required for the permanent residency application to IRCC.

Step 7: Your application will be reviewed by the Community Recommendation Committee.

Step 8: If it is determined that you meet the requirements of RNIP, you will be given a recommendation letter from the Community Recommendation Committee via e-mail.

Step 9: Using the recommendation letter, you can apply directly to IRCC for your Permanent Residency.

Step 10: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will do further review, including medicals, financial documents and criminal record checks.

Step 11: Once you receive your Permanent Residency, you can make arrangements for you and your family to move to Sault Ste. Marie.


  • Eligible applications will be retained for 1 year.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Community Recommendation Committee on a monthly basis.
  • Job application timelines will vary depending on the employer and job you are applying for.

Other points to consider:

  • Due to the high volume of applications and expressions of interest, we will not be able to answer all inquiries. If you do not hear from us within 6 weeks, then it is likely you are not being considered.
  • E-mail is the preferred method of communication. Please contact in advance before coming to the Civic Centre office in person.
  • The Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie is not affiliated with any Immigration Representative, nor do we give preferential treatment to applicants who have hired an Immigration Representative. However, if you do choose to have your paperwork completed by an Immigration Representative, please refer HERE for information on making an informed choice.
  • For other paths to immigration, click HERE.
Please note applications WILL NOT be considered if they are incomplete and do not meet minimum qualifications:
  • A job offer from a Sault Ste. Marie Employer
  • English or French language credentials
  • Educational credential requirements
  • Financial requirements

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