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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)


Employer applications will re-open October 1, 2023, and will remain open until Candidate applications close.

Candidate applications will re-open November 1st 2023 and will ONLY remain open until 115 applications have been received that score above 60%. Recommendations from this period will be made in December 2023, January 2024 and February 2024.

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.

The RNIP takes place from November 2019 through February 2024. To date, Thunder Bay CEDC has recommended nearly 400 candidates for permanent residence under the RNIP.

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Information for Candidates

The first step toward achieving permanent residence through RNIP is obtaining a qualifying job offer from an eligible employer. Candidates must meet all of the eligibility criteria set by the federal government and apply for jobs directly with an employer. Learn more about applying for a community recommendation and download Thunder Bay CEDC’s RNIP application instructional guide.

Information for Employers

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) assists employers based in Thunder Bay and Area to fill job vacancies not being filled by the local talent pool. If you would like to use RNIP to recruit for unfilled positions, or would like to retain a foreign skilled worker you already employ, learn more about the RNIP and apply to participate.

Priority Occupations

Thunder Bay CEDC has identified jobs currently not being filled by the local labour market based on different sources of information including feedback from local employers, historical labour market reports, and future labour market projections.  The list is actively maintained and may be amended as needed to reflect the labour market needs of Thunder Bay. Determine the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code of your position (or a position you for which you are hiring) by consulting the NOC Hierarchy.

Frequently Asked Questions

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