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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)
Employer and candidate applications are closed. All successful candidates in the RNIP will be notified by email. Please see our updated Frequently Asked Questions section below for further information about the program.
About the program
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a new community-driven immigration program. It is designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in Thunder Bay and Area.
The RNIP allows eligible employers to make full-time permanent job offers to skilled foreign workers who can help fill identified labour shortages in the community. Effective September 23, 2022, the geographic boundary of the RNIP Thunder Bay and Area encompasses Thunder Bay and Rainy River Districts, including the following communities:
- City of Thunder Bay
- Town of Atikokan
- Town of Fort Frances
- Town of Rainy River
- City of Dryden
- Town of Emo
- Municipality (town) of Greenstone
- Town of Marathon
- Township of Dorion
- Township of Manitouwadge
- Township of Nipigon
- Township of Schreiber
- Township of Terrace Bay
- Township of Red Rock
- Municipality of Sioux Lookout
- Township of Ignace
The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) recommends people for permanent residence who have the skills and experience needed by Thunder Bay and Area employers. The Government of Canada makes the final decision to approve applications for permanent residence.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q- I am a candidate who submitted an RNIP application in November 2023. What are the next steps?
A – Those selected for review by the selection committee will be notified via email, and those who are successful will receive a letter via email.
Q- I am a candidate who submitted an RNIP application in November 2023. When will I know if I am successful or not?
A – All successful candidates in the RNIP will be notified by August 2024. CEDC staff can not provide any further details about the review status of specific applications.
Q – I am an employer who wants to enroll in the RNIP- is it still possible to apply?
A- At this point and until further notice, all employer applications are closed.
Q – I am a job seeker who wants to use the RNIP- is it still possible to apply?
A- At this point and until further notice, RNIP applications are closed.
Q- When does the RNIP program end?
A – The program is scheduled to end in August 2024.