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Brandon RNIP Employer Eligibility and Responsibilities

Business Owner/Employer walk in service is always available during regular business hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:15 pm - 5:00 pm 
at the Economic Development Brandon office located at 410 - 9th Street, Main Floor. 



We are pleased to announce that effective May 8, 2023 Brandon RNIP will once again accept applications from
Retail and Accommodation Sector employers to participate in the program and from applicants who receive job offers for Brandon RNIP approved Retail and Accommodation sector jobs.
While, the employer and applicant process remains the same, please be advised at this time the Brandon RNIP program will only be approving an additional 20 combined Retail and Accommodation sector community recommendations in 2023. The number of annual community recommendations available may increase in the future, however there is no guarantee of this occurring at this time.


For Food Sector, please read details here.

Brandon RNIP Employer Eligibility and Responsibilities Printable PDF

If your business meets the eligibility criteria outlined below and is willing to agree to the employer requirements set forth below, please contact the RNIP Coordinator at to schedule an employer pre-screening meeting.

Employer Eligibility 

​Employers must meet all conditions listed below unless otherwise indicated to participate in the Brandon Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP):


Be an established employer within the Brandon RNIP boundaries, whose main southwest Manitoba operation is located and operative in the City of Brandon and;

Be an established employer who has been legally operating a business within the City of Brandon for a minimum of three (3) years.

OR be a new business within the City of Brandon that has invested a minimum of $150,000 capital. Capital investment refers to immovable property such as land, buildings or equipment that cannot easily be moved.

An established employer cannot be more than 50% owned by a Foreign National/s or by a Foreign National/s spouse/common law partner.

Exception may be considered on a case by case basis, and must demonstrate the following:

  • the majority of the economic benefits associated with the businesses’ operations are accruing to Brandon, and
  • the business has not been established for the primary purpose of facilitating immigration for individuals. 

The onus is on the employer to demonstrate why an exemption is warranted. 


The Employer must demonstrate a need for Foreign Nationals to meet labour needs confirming through their past recruitment activities that the position(s) cannot be filled by Canadians or Canadian Permanent Residents. Exception may be considered for a current foreign national staff member that meets program criteria.

The following information will be requested during the job prescreening process.

  • Length position vacant
  • Where the position was advertised
  • How long was the position advertised
  • A summary of the recruitment results
  • Confirmation that the foreign national, if hired, does not replace or displace current employees


The job offer must be:

  1. Full time
  2. Permanent (non-seasonal and no end date)
  3. Offering a wage that must meet or exceed the Job Bank’s minimum wage for the offered position as set out in the federal job bank
  4. For work that will occur within the defined RNIP boundaries.  Therefore, long haul truck driver jobs are not eligible for RNIP. 
 4. Employer must not be in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) and/or Provincial Employment Standards


Qualifying job offers may be in any National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level.

Follow this link ( to cross reference the 2016 NOC, if known, to the 2021 updated NOC for your available position.


Employer Obligations​

To be eligible to extend job offers to Foreign Nationals through the Brandon RNIP (no labour market impact assessment is required), employers must also agree to all the employer obligations listed below:

 6. The Employer must be pre-screened by the Economic Development Brandon (EDB) office before a job opportunity is posted to the Brandon RNIP site.
 7. The employer cannot request or accept any money in exchange for providing a job offer.
 8. The employer must declare to EDB if they are using an immigration consultant, representative or international recruiter and if applicable provide the name of the consultant and the company.
 9. Employers complete the job-posting form for eligible jobs and return it to EDB along with a complete job description for each position they wish to employ a Foreign National. 
10. The employer meets with the RNIP Coordinator.
11. The employer must agree to provide the RNIP Applicant with a workplace mentor once they start work. The workplace mentor and the RNIP Applicant must connect in person or on the phone a minimum of one hour each month for 12 months.
12. The employer must pick the RNIP Applicant (and their family if applicable) up in Winnipeg when they first arrive to begin work. Airport pick up does not apply if the RNIP Applicant is already working in Brandon.
13. The employer must commit to providing at least one additional settlement support in addition to the workplace mentor; supports can be financial or non-financial, examples are provided below. Other proposed settlement supports can be forwarded to the Economic Development office for approval.

If the RNIP Applicant is already living and working in Brandon, the additional settlement support is not required.

Examples of possible settlement supports:

  • Employer can assist the RNIP Applicant in finding suitable housing by connecting them with rental resources, accompanying the applicant to look at rental properties, introducing them to the Residential Tenancy Board so they understand their rights and obligations, connecting them with a trusted realtor, or connecting them to home ownership resources.
  • Employer can accompany the RNIP Applicant to set up key services such as banking, driver’s licenses, etc.
  • Employer can assist with completion of permanent resident paperwork.
  • Employer has previously or will complete at least three hours of intercultural competency training in the workplace.
  • Employer has demonstrated commitment to establishing and adhering to inclusive policies or practices in the workplace.
  • Employer can provide financial assistance of some form (ie. a moving allowance, an interest free settlement loan, provision of a free bus pass for the first month, etc.).

The employer, to the best of their ability, will notify the EDB office of the following milestones:

    1. Issuance of job offer (electronic copy must be provided to EDB)
    2. Date RNIP Applicant is picked up from Winnipeg (if applicable)
    3. Date of RNIP Applicant’s first day of work
    4. Date RNIP Applicant is no longer employed with the business. (if applicable)


Process for Eligible Position

All pages of IRCC applications/forms must be submitted, including privacy statement pages, or it will be rejected as incomplete.

1.   RNIP Applicant must create an online candidate profile to apply for jobs posted on the Brandon RNIP site. EDB staff will screen initial applications and forward the applications that meet minimum skills, education and experience requirements to the employer.
2. The employer is responsible for the next step of recruitment and normal human resource screening of a RNIP Applicant for the position.
3. If a qualified Canadian or a Permanent Resident is found to fill the position, the Brandon RNIP is not required.
4. If the employer wishes to hire a Foreign National/applicant through the Brandon RNIP, the job offer must be provided to the applicant on the IRCC form, IMM 5984.
If your browser does not support the PDF form, download it and open in your PDF program.
Note: All pages of this form must be submitted, including privacy statement pages, or it will be rejected as incomplete.
5.  An RNIP Applicant in receipt of the qualifying job offer applies to the Brandon RNIP for a Community Recommendation, on IRCC form IMM 5911.
If your browser does not support the PDF form, download it and open in your PDF program.
Note: All pages of this form must be submitted, including privacy statement pages, or it will be rejected as incomplete.
6. The Economic Development office reviews the RNIP Applicant’s information against mandatory federal and community prioritization criteria and conducts an interview to determine the applicant’s intent to reside in Brandon
7. The Brandon RNIP Recommendation Committee meets once per month to review the Community Recommendation applications and makes the final decision.
8. EDB notifies the RNIP Applicant and employer of the Community Recommendation Committee decision. Applicant’s that receive the Community Recommendation apply for Permanent Resident; the Community Recommendation is valid for six months.
 9. If the employer and applicant desire, a temporary foreign worker application ($230 employer fee) can be submitted to IRCC once the applicant receives a Brandon RNIP community recommendation, submits their permanent residence application and pays the associated fees to IRCC. 


Communities within Brandon RNIP Area

Brandon RNIP Program Timeline

Community Recommendation Criteria

Employer Job Offer Form IMM5984 
If your browser does not support the PDF form, download it and open in your PDF program.
Note: All pages of this form must be submitted, including privacy statement pages, or it will be rejected as incomplete.

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