Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

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.

The RNIP allows eligible employers to make full time permanent job offers to skilled foreign workers who can help fill identified labour shortages in our city.

The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) recommends people for permanent residence who have the skills and experience needed by Thunder Bay employers. The Government of Canada makes the final decision to approve applications for permanent residence.

The RNIP takes place over three years (November 2019 through December 2022). In Years 1 and 2 of the Pilot, a total of 245 recommendations were made


Information for Candidates

The first step toward achieving permanent residency through RNIP is receiving a job offer from an approved employer for a position in a priority occupation as determined by Thunder Bay CEDC. 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 permanent residency through RNIP by visiting our candidate’s page.

Information for Employers

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) assists Thunder Bay-based employers 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, please visit our Employers page for more information.

Priority Occupations

Thunder Bay CEDC has identified jobs currently not being filled by the local labour pool 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. View the all eligible priority occupations on our Employers page.

Frequently Asked Questions

View FAQs for candidates and employers.

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