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Community Recommendations

Updated for 2021

We will accept expressions of interest in applying for a community recommendation from candidates who have full-time permanent job offers subject to the following conditions:

Job offer type

Who can apply?

Job offers in priority occupations

Open to all candidates

Job offers in ANY occupation
(all NOCs, all skill levels)

Open to candidates who are:

·         Residents of Thunder Bay for a minimum of 2 years;

·         authorized to work; and

·         currently employed with the eligible employer who is making the offer.

Job offers requiring the use of French
(all NOCs, all skill levels)

Open to all candidates

The CEDC may place caps on applications for recommendations, by occupation, sector, and skill level or otherwise. These details will always be made available on the website detailing community recommendation factors. There are presently caps placed on community recommendations for some occupations for the 2021 year.  Please see the 2021 recommendation table below to view the maximum recommendations that will be issued for these categories.

The Thunder Bay CEDC will open and close applications on the following dates and times.  During this time, we will accept expressions of interest for community recommendations.  If you cannot submit your expression of interest during the given time period, you can submit it during the following round.

2021 Intake Dates: Community Recommendation Applications
MonthOpens (8:30 am)(Closes 4:30pm)
January4th8th
January27th31st
February22nd26th
March22nd26th
April26th30th
May 27th31st
June21st25th
July 19th23rd
August 23rd27th
September20th24th
October18th22nd
November (Final Round)24th29th

The tables below indicate:

  • the maximum recommendations (cap) that will be issued for certain occupations and categories
  • the number of recommendations that have been issued for these occupations and categories
  • the number of recommendations that are remaining for the year in these occupations and categories
  • the total issued and remaining recommendations for 2021

Information will be updated regularly and is subject to change.

Year 2 Recommendations (January – December 2021)
Type of CapMaximum # of Recommendations Recommendations Issued 
Skill Level 0NO CAP0
Skill Level ANO CAP0
Skill Level BNO CAP0
Skill Level CNO CAP0
Skill Level DNO CAP0
Cooks – NOC 6322150
Chefs –  NOC 6321100
Cleaners – NOC 67350
Labourers – NOC 761100
“Any Sector” Occupations300
*Thunder Bay Residents Only
 
TOTAL RECOMMENDATIONS ISSUED0
TOTAL REMAININGAllocations for this year are not determined
Summary of Year 1 Recommendations (November 2019 – December 2020)
SKILL LEVELRECOMMENDATIONS ISSUED
04
A5
B42
C16
D2
TOTAL  ISSUED69
TOTAL REMAININGNone

 

Community Recommendation Factors

The community recommendation factors have been updated for the 2021 year. 

The CEDC will prioritize candidates for recommendation who are most likely to settle and reside in Thunder Bay and contribute to the local economy. Candidates who meet a minimum threshold of 50% of the community recommendation factors will be invited to submit an application and must be prepared with all required documentation. Candidate’s who score below 50% will not be considered.

Where more candidates meet the required minimum score than can be given a recommendation in a period of time, the highest scoring candidates will be further assessed for recommendation.  All required documentation must be submitted in either English or French.

Community Recommendation Factors

Maximum Points Achievable

Language Proficiency

18

Qualifications

16

Job Offer & Work Experience

22

Connection To the Community

22

Spouse

8

Total

86

 

Language

Community Recommendation Factor

Points

Language

Candidate meets required CLB/NCLC in all 4 abilities

0

Candidate exceeds required CLB/NCLC in at least 2 of the 4 abilities

8

Candidate exceeds required CLB/NCLC in all 4 abilities

12

Bilingual

Candidate is bilingual (English & French)

6

 

How to get these points:

You must meet the minimum language requirements based on the NOC category that applies to the job offer in the community. This can either be the

  • Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) or
  • Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC)

The minimum language requirements for each NOC category are

  • NOC 0 and A: CLB/NCLC 6
  • NOC B: CLB/NCLC 5
  • NOC C and D: CLB/NCLC 4

 

Required documentation: 

 

Tool: How to find your language level based on your test results

 

Bilingual Candidates:

The CEDC will prioritize candidates who are proficient in both official languages. All candidates are required to submit an official language test in only one official language (either English or French) in order to gets points for language. To gain additional points and show proficiency in a second language we will accept any one (1) of the following:

  • Proof of graduation from an academic program of 2 years or more where the program’s primary language of instruction was in either English or French

OR

  • An official language (score of CLB/NCLC 4 or higher on all language factors)

OR

  • Undergo an interview with a member of the Thunder Bay RNIP team.

Where the Thunder Bay RNIP official is not satisfied that the applicant is proficient in the second official language, the official may request an additional interview or ask the applicant to provide language results demonstrating a CLB/NCLC 4 or higher in order to be assessed for these points.

Qualifications Align with Community Needs

Community Recommendation Factor

Points

Qualifying educational credential or work experience

16

 

How to get these points:

At the time of application for a community recommendation, the candidate has either qualifying educational credential OR work experience that meets the following requirements:

 

Qualifying Educational Credential:

 

Required documentation: 

 

Qualifying Work Experience:

  • At least two years of cumulative paid full-time (or the equivalent in part-time) work experience (3,120 hours) within the past 5 years.
  • In any of the priority occupations
  • Can be with multiple employers in different occupations.
  • Satisfies the employment requirements as described in the Government of Canada National Occupation Classification Profilefor any of Thunder Bay’s priority occupations.
  • We will not consider self-employed for work experience.

 

Required documentation

  • Employment/work experience reference letters that include:
    • company letterhead with address, telephone/fax numbers, email, and website addresses
    • supervisor name & signature
    • employment period and positions held
    • main duties and responsibilities
Offer of Employment

Community Recommendation Factor

Points 

Offer of employment

In any occupation (Thunder Bay residents only)

0

In a priority occupation

16

 

Offer of Employment

At the time of application for community recommendation, the candidate has a full-time permanent offer of employment within the Thunder Bay CMA. 

 

How to get these points:

At the time of application for a community recommendation, the candidate has an offer of employment that meets the following requirements:

 

Priority Occupation:

  • The job offer is full-time and permanent
  • The job is located within the Thunder Bay Census Metropolitan Area
  • The job offer is in an occupation identified on the list of priority occupations

 

Required documentation:

  • IMM 5984 Offer of Employment to a Foreign National
  • Employer application (completed the employer) *employer must meet all eligibility requirements*

 

Any Occupation *Thunder Bay residents only*:

  • The job offer is full-time and permanent
  • The job is located within the Thunder Bay Census Metropolitan Area
  • The job offer is in any occupation in any skill level

 

Required documentation:

  • IMM 5984 Offer of Employment to a Foreign National
  • Employer application (completed the employer) *employer must meet all eligibility requirements*
  • Employment verification letter written by the employer confirming that the candidate is currently in the position being offered
  • Copy of candidate’s valid work permit
  • Proof of residency in Thunder Bay for 2+ years
    • To prove residency in Thunder Bay, provide no more than 2 pieces of official mail with a local address, name and dates that show a range of 2 years. (e.g.: candidate submits a bank statement dated June 2018 and a phone bill dated September 2020). Both documents must show name of candidate and a local address.  Other personal details and/or financial information should be blacked out or covered up.

 

 

The IMM 5984 Offer of Employment to a Foreign National can be downloaded from the IRCC Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot page.

 

If you receive an error message when attempting to view the form, go to the upper right hand side of the page and download the form.  Go to downloads and right click the document to open in a PDF viewer

Work Experience

Community Recommendation Factor

Points 

Work Experience

less than 2 years

0

2-5 years

4

5+ years

6

 

How to get these points:

At the time of application for a community recommendation, the candidate has work experience that meets the following requirements:

  • At least two years of cumulative paid full-time (or the equivalent in part-time) work experience within the past 10 years.
  • The work experience must be related to the offer of employment.
  • Maximum points will be issued to candidates with cumulative work experience between 6 to 10 years.

Required documentation:

  • Employment/work experience reference letters that include:
    • company letterhead with address, telephone/fax numbers, email and website addresses
    • supervisor name & signature
    • employment period and positions held
    • main duties and responsibilities
    • annual salary, number of hours worked per week, number of weeks of work per year

How to get these points:

At the time of application for a community recommendation, the candidate has work experience that meets the following requirements:

  • At least two years of cumulative paid full-time (or the equivalent in part-time) work experience within the past 10 years.
  • The work experience must be related to the offer of employment.
  • Maximum points will be issued to candidates with cumulative work experience between 6 to 10 years.

Required documentation:

  • Employment/work experience reference letters that include:
    • company letterhead with address, telephone/fax numbers, email and website addresses
    • supervisor name & signature
    • employment period and positions held
    • main duties and responsibilities
    • annual salary, number of hours worked per week, number of weeks of work per year

 

Experience Living in a Small or Rural Community

Community Recommendation Factor

Points

Experience living in small or rural community other than Thunder Bay

4

Has resided in Thunder Bay

6

 

How to get these points:

At the time of application for community recommendation, the candidate has lived as an adult (18 years of age or older) in a community with a population of less than 250,000 people and more than 100 km from a large and densely populated urban area for a minimum of six (6) months OR has resided (currently or previously) within the Thunder Bay Census Metropolitan Area for a minimum six (6) months.

 

Required documentation: 

  • To prove residency in either a small community or in Thunder Bay, provide no more than two (2) pieces of official mail that show a range of two (2) years. Both documents must show name of candidate, a date and a residential address. Other personal details and/or financial information should be blacked out or covered up.

 

Example: a candidate submits a bank statement dated June 2018 and a phone bill dated September 2020.

 

*Note for candidates currently in Thunder Bay

If you are applying under the “any occupation” category you are required to show proof of residency in Thunder Bay for 2+ years and you do not have to submit additional documents to show that you have resided here for 6 months.  We will accept the proof of residency for 2+ years in Thunder Bay and issue you points for this community recommendation factor as well.

Candidate (or spouse) has family living in Thunder Bay

Community Connection Factor

Points

Family Support

1 Family support in Thunder Bay

2

2 Family support in Thunder Bay

3

3 Family support in Thunder Bay

5

4 Family support in Thunder Bay

8

Candidate has a direct family member (sibling, parent, grandparent, child, cousin, aunt or uncle) within the Thunder Bay CMA who is:

  • a Permanent Resident or Citizen; and
  • has lived in the community for minimum of two (2) years.

 

Maximum points allocated for 4 connections.

 

In-laws are not considered direct family members.

 

Required documentation: 

  • Support letter(s) written by each family member including the name, residency status, relationship history, contact information and description of how the family member will assist the candidate with settlement in Thunder Bay

 

Candidate (or spouse) has other connections (non-family) living in Thunder Bay

Community Connection Factor

Points

Community Connections (non-family)

1 connection in Thunder Bay

1

2 connections in Thunder Bay

2

3 connections in Thunder Bay

3

4 connections in Thunder Bay

4

Candidate has a friend/colleague or extended family/in-laws within the Thunder Bay CMA who is:

  • a Permanent Resident or Citizen; and
  • has lived in the community for minimum of two (2) years.

 

Maximum points allocated for 4 connections.

Required documentation: 

Support letter(s) written by friends/colleagues/extended family including the name, residency status, relationship history, contact information and description of how the friend will assist the candidate with settlement in Thunder Bay.

Currently Employed with Eligible Employer

How to get these points:

At the time of application for community recommendation, the candidate is authorized to work and is currently employed (receiving wages) in Thunder Bay with the eligible employer that is making the job offer.

Required documentation: 

  • Employment verification letter written by the employer confirming that the candidate is currently in the position being offered

*Note for candidates currently in Thunder Bay

If you are applying under the “any occupation” category you are required to provide an employment verification letter in order to be eligible and do not have to submit this document twice. We will accept the verification of employment you upload as part of your proof of job offer and issue you points for this community recommendation factor as well.

 

Spouse

Community Recommendation Factors

Points

Spouse

Proficient in an official language

2

Job offer (any NOC)

2

Qualifications align with community needs

4

 

How to get these points:

At the time of application for community recommendation, the candidate has a spouse who is proficient in an official language, a job offer within the Thunder Bay CMA (minimum 15 hours/week) or has qualifications that align with the community’s needs.

 

Spouse: Language

Required documentation (one of the following):

  • Proof of graduation from an academic program of 2 years or more where the program’s primary language of instruction was in either English or French, or
  • An official language test where the candidate meets a score of CLB/NCLC 4 or higher on all language factors, or
  • Undergo an interview with a member of the Thunder Bay RNIP team

 

Spouse: Job Offer

 

Required documentation: 

  • Copy of job offer

 

Spouse: Qualifications align with community needs

 

To show work experience:

Spouse must show at least 1 year of continuous paid full-time (or the equivalent in part-time) work experience (1,560 hours) within the past 5 years:

 

  • In any of the priority occupations
  • Can be with multiple employers in different occupations.
  • We will not consider self-employed work experience.

 

Required documentation:

  • Employment/work experience reference letters that include:
    • company letterhead with address, telephone/fax numbers, email, and website addresses
    • supervisor name & signature
    • employment period and positions held
    • main duties and responsibilities
    • annual salary, number of hours worked per week, number of weeks of work per year

 

To show educational credential:

Has an educational credential that meets the following criteria:

  • Canadian or foreign educational credential that closely matches the education needed for entry into one of our priority occupations.

 

Required documentation: 

  • Copy of Canadian or foreign credential (does notneed to be an equivalent to a Canadian credential).

 

 

 

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