Two new permanent resident pilot programs for rural and Francophone minority communities

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06 March 2024

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced two new pilot programs on March 6, 2024 – the Rural Community Immigration Pilot and the Francophone Community Immigration Pilot. These programs are focused on expanding permanent immigration options in rural and Francophone minority communities, with the goal of addressing the labour shortage in rural communities and attracting Francophone newcomers to settle in Francophone minority communities outside of Quebec. 

Both pilot programs are expected to be launched in the fall of this year. We expect to hear details of each pilot program in the coming months, including details of the participating communities.  

The announcement of IRCC can be found here.

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