Priority Occupations

10010Financial managers
10011Human resources managers
10012Purchasing managers
10019Other administrative services managers
10020Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
10021Banking, credit and other investment managers
10022Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
10029Other business services managers
10030Telecommunication carriers managers
70021Postal and courier services managers
20010Engineering managers
20011Architecture and science managers
20012Computer and information systems managers
60010Corporate sales managers
60020Retail and wholesale trade managers
60030Restaurant and food service managers
60031Accommodation service managers
60040Managers in customer and personal services
70010Construction managers
70011Home building and renovation managers
70012Facility operation and maintenance managers
70020Managers in transportation
11200Human resources professionals
11100Financial auditors and accountants
11101Financial and investment analysts
11109Other financial officers
21100Physicists and astronomers
21102Geoscientists and oceanographers
21109Other professional occupations in physical sciences
21110Biologists and related scientists
21111Forestry professionals

Civil engineers

21301Mechanical engineers
21310Electrical and electronics engineers
21320Chemical engineers
21321Industrial and manufacturing engineers
21322Metallurgical and materials engineers
21330Mining engineers
21331Geological engineers
21390Aerospace engineers
21311Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
21399Other professional engineers
21202Urban and land use planners
21203Land surveyors
31303Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals

31110 Dentists

41402 Business development officers and market researchers and analysts


User support technicians


Occupational health and safety specialists

12010Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers
12011Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
72025Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
12013Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling coordination occupations
12100Executive assistants
12101Human resources and recruitment officers
12102Procurement and purchasing agents and officers
12111Health information management occupations
12112Records management technicians
12200Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
12201Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
12202Insurance underwriters
22100Chemical technologists and technicians
22101Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
22110Biological technologists and technicians
22111Agricultural and fish products inspectors
22112Forestry technologists and technicians
22114Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
22300Civil engineering technologists and technicians
22301Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
22302Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
22303Construction estimators
22310Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
22311Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
22312Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
22313Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
32120Medical laboratory technologists
32104Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
32103Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
32121Medical radiation technologists
32122Medical sonographers
32123Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
32124Pharmacy technicians
32129Other medical technologists and technicians
32111Dental hygienists and dental therapists
32112Dental technologists and technicians
32101Licensed practical nurses
32102Paramedical occupations
32109Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
42201Social and community service workers
42202Early childhood educators and assistants
62010Retail sales supervisors
62020Food service supervisors
62022Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors
62029Other services supervisors
72106Welders and related machine operators

Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews

72400 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics

92014Supervisors, forest products processing
13110Administrative assistants
13100Administrative officers
13101Property administrators
13112Medical administrative assistants
33101Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
33103Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
33100Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
33109Other assisting occupations in support of health services
63201Butchers – retail and wholesale
73201General building maintenance workers and building superintendents
73402Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
73200Residential and commercial installers and servicers
73209Other repairers and servicers
73300Transport truck drivers
73400Heavy equipment operators
83100Underground production and development miners
74202Air transport ramp attendants
74102Couriers and messengers
44101Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
64101Sales and account representatives – wholesale trade (non-technical)
64100Retail salespersons and visual merchandisers
64314Hotel front desk clerks
64410Security guards and related security service occupations
64409Other customer and information services representatives
74204Utility maintenance workers
74203Automotive and heavy truck and equipment parts installers and servicers
84100Underground mine service and support workers
94100Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
94101Foundry workers
94103Concrete, clay and stone forming operators
94104Inspectors and testers, mineral and metal processing
94105Metalworking and forging machine operators
94106Machining tool operators
94107Machine operators of other metal products
94110Chemical plant machine operators
94111Plastics processing machine operators
94112Rubber processing machine operators and related workers
94120Sawmill machine operators
94121Pulp mill, papermaking and finishing machine operators
94121Pulp mill, papermaking and finishing machine operators
94129Other wood processing machine operators
94122Paper converting machine operators
94123Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders
94124Woodworking machine operators
94140Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
94141Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
94203Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers
94204Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
94205Machine operators and inspectors, electrical apparatus manufacturing
94213Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators

14200 Accounting and related clerks

75201Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors
65310Light duty cleaners
65311Specialized cleaners
65312Janitors, caretakers and heavy-duty cleaners
75110Construction trades helpers and labourers
75101Material handlers
75110Construction trades helpers and labourers
75119Other trades helpers and labourers
85110Mine labourers
95102Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities

Recruit and Retain under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

If your business or organization is struggling to employ enough qualified people, consider hiring foreign workers to meet your labour force needs. Eligible employers can use the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) Thunder Bay and Area to recruit a new employee to a priority occupation or retain a foreign worker they already employ.

How it works

Employers must be approved to make job offers under the RNIP Thunder Bay before their candidate(s) can be considered for a community recommendation. In addition to meeting eligibility requirements, approved employers must commit to a culturally-safe workplace and assisting newcomer employees with settlement and integration (see below criteria and suggested activities).

Employers must ensure that candidate(s) meet all federal eligibility criteria before making a qualifying job offer. Qualifying job offers may fall under three categories:

Type 1: Priority Occupation

  • The job offer is for a position that has been deemed a priority occupation

Type 2: French Essential Position

  • The occupation is in any skill level and any NOC code
  • The job requires the use of the French language to perform the main duties

Type 3: Any other occupation

  • The occupation has not been deemed priority
  • The candidate has lived in the community for at least two (2) years and is currently employed with the employer

Employers are required to document the offer of employment with the IMM 5984 form and provide it to the candidate to submit along with their application for a community recommendation. If needed, the employer can obtain a work permit specific to the RNIP through the IRCC Employer Portal after the candidate has received a community recommendation. With a work permit, candidates may be employed while applying for permanent residence and awaiting the status of their application.

Employer Eligibility Criteria

To be designated to make offers of employment under the RNIP in Thunder Bay, an employer must:

  • Be located within the Thunder Bay and Area catchment which includes
    • 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
  • Be a recognized business that has operated in Thunder Bay as defined by the Ministerial Instructions for at least two (2) years OR be a new company that has recently moved to Thunder Bay and set up operations, but has existed as a company elsewhere in Canada for a minimum of three (3) years
  • Not be in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
  • Not be listed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as an ineligible company to participate in immigration programs, nor have been found to have been in material violation of any bylaw of the City of Thunder Bay, or any statute or regulation of Province of Ontario or the government of Canada;
  • Offer full-time, permanent employment in a priority occupation as defined by Thunder Bay CEDC
  • Demonstrate their efforts to recruit a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident prior to providing the job offer
  • Attest that they did not receive any form of payment in exchange for the job offer Approach to Newcomer Integration
Approach to Supporting Newcomer Integration

In order to increase the likelihood of newcomers becoming economically established and settling permanently in the community, eligible employers must demonstrate a commitment to a culturally-safe workplace and support for the newcomer’s community integration. Employers must commit to at least three (3) of the following activities:

  • Assign a culturally sensitive on-the-job mentor, who is not their supervisor, to help the newcomer(s) understand company principles, norms, rules and culture; provide regular, detailed feedback to the newcomer(s) on their job performance; and to help with day-to-day questions;
  • Support the newcomer employee(s) with finding and securing housing and/or providing the newcomer employee(s) with housing;
  • Introduce newcomer employee(s) to opportunities to join groups, associations and/or community organizations;
  • Provide financial assistance, where necessary, for newcomer employees’ language and/or skills development;
  • Grant newcomer employee time away from work to attend CEDC or community-sponsored events for which the main objective is to facilitate community integration;
  • Provide diversity training to staff that are in a supervisory role or work directly with a newcomer employee;
  • Provide proof of the employer’s completion and/or attendance at educational seminars, conferences or information sessions related to supporting and/or retaining newcomers;
  • Grant time to newcomer employees who require information or support with enrolling children in schools, applying for health cards, and obtaining a driver’s license and finding accommodations;
  • Offer team-building activities within the workplace that promote cross-cultural understanding and awareness; and/or
  • Make appropriate referrals for newcomers to access community resources and settlement services as the need arises.
  • Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
Frequently Asked Questions

I need to hire for positions not on the priority list. Can I use the RNIP?

Workers can be recruited or retained to non-priority positions only by way of Job Offer Types 2 (the position requires the use of the French language) and 3 (the position is currently filled by someone who has resided in the community for at least two years). See above information on job offer types.


I need to hire part-time and seasonal workers. Can I use the RNIP?

No. Qualifying job offers made under the RNIP must be for permanent, full-time, non-seasonal positions (at least 30 hours per week).


Is there funding available to employers who use the RNIP?

There is no funding affiliated with the use of the RNIP. Employers looking to further develop their businesses or access loans and grants are encouraged to access the services of the Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre. More business support services are listed at


How does Thunder Bay CEDC help me find employees?

Thunder Bay CEDC does not assist with hiring as part of the administration of the RNIP. Employers looking to further develop their businesses are encouraged access the services of the Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre. More business support services are listed at

Employers interested in the RNIP Thunder Bay and Area are encouraged to submit an Employer Application or contact to discuss how the RNIP can assist in their workforce development.

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