Priority Occupations

10010    Financial managers

10011    Human resources managers

10012    Purchasing managers

000 15 Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities

10019    Other administrative services managers

10020    Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers

10021    Banking, credit and other investment managers

10022    Advertising, marketing and public relations managers

10029    Other business services managers

10030    Telecommunication carriers managers

70021    Postal and courier services managers

20010    Engineering managers

20012    Computer and information systems managers

20011    Architecture and science managers

20012    Computer and information systems managers

60010    Corporate sales managers

60020    Retail and wholesale trade managers

60030    Restaurant and food service managers

60031    Accommodation service managers

60040    Managers in customer and personal services

70010    Construction managers

70011    Home building and renovation managers

70012    Facility operation and maintenance managers

70020    Managers in transportation

11200    Human resources professionals

11100    Financial auditors and accountants

11101    Financial and investment analysts

11109    Other financial officers

21100    Physicists and astronomers

21101    Chemists

21102    Geoscientists and oceanographers

21109    Other professional occupations in physical sciences

21110    Biologists and related scientists

21111    Forestry professionals

21300   Civil engineers

21301    Mechanical engineers

21310    Electrical and electronics engineers

21320    Chemical engineers

21321    Industrial and manufacturing engineers

21322    Metallurgical and materials engineers

21330    Mining engineers

21331    Geological engineers

21390    Aerospace engineers

21311    Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

21399    Other professional engineers

21202    Urban and land use planners

21203    Land surveyors

31202 Physiotherapists

31301 Registered Nurse

31303    Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals

31110 Dentists

41402 Business development officers and market researchers and analysts

41302 Religious leaders

12010    Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers

12011    Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers

12103    Conference and event planners

12013    Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling coordination occupations

12100    Executive assistants

12101    Human resources and recruitment officers

12102    Procurement and purchasing agents and officers

12111    Health information management occupations

12112    Records management technicians

12200    Accounting technicians and bookkeepers

12201    Insurance adjusters and claims examiners

12202    Insurance underwriters

22100    Chemical technologists and technicians

22101    Geological and mineral technologists and technicians

32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment

22110    Biological technologists and technicians

22111    Agricultural and fish products inspectors

22112    Forestry technologists and technicians

22114    Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists

22211    Industrial designers

22221  User support technicians

22232   Occupational health and safety specialists

22300    Civil engineering technologists and technicians

22301    Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians

22302    Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians

22303    Construction estimators

22310    Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

22311    Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)

22312    Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

22313    Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors

32120    Medical laboratory technologists

32104    Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians

32103    Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

32121    Medical radiation technologists

32122    Medical sonographers

32123    Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists

32124    Pharmacy technicians

32129    Other medical technologists and technicians

32110    Denturists

32111    Dental hygienists and dental therapists

32112    Dental technologists and technicians

32100    Opticians

32101    Licensed practical nurses

32102    Paramedical occupations

32109    Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment

42201    Social and community service workers

42202    Early childhood educators and assistants

62010    Retail sales supervisors

62020    Food service supervisors

62022    Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors

62024   Cleaning supervisors

62029    Other services supervisors

62200    Chefs

72020  Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades

72106    Welders and related machine operators

72201 Industrial electricians

72300    Plumbers

72021   Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews

72025    Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations

72400 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics

72401    Heavy-duty equipment mechanics             

72404  Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors             

72410  Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers

72411    Auto body collision, refinishing and glass technicians and damage repair estimators

72600    Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors

92014    Supervisors, forest products processing

92100 Power engineers and power systems operators

13110    Administrative assistants

13100    Administrative officers

13101    Property administrators

13111 Legal administrative assistants

13112    Medical administrative assistants

33101    Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations

33102  Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associate

33103    Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants

33100    Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants

33109    Other assisting occupations in support of health services

63200    Cooks

63201    Butchers – retail and wholesale

63202    Bakers

73201    General building maintenance workers and building superintendents

73402    Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction

73200    Residential and commercial installers and servicers

73209    Other repairers and servicers

73300    Transport truck drivers

73400    Heavy equipment operators

83100    Underground production and development miners

83110    Logging machinery operators     

14100 -Ward Clerk, hospital

14200 Accounting and related clerks

14201    Banking, insurance and other financial clerks

44101    Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations

64101    Sales and account representatives – wholesale trade (non-technical)

64100    Retail salespersons and visual merchandisers

64301    Bartenders        

64314    Hotel front desk clerks

64410    Security guards and related security service occupations

64409    Other customer and information services representatives

74102    Couriers and messengers

74202    Air transport ramp attendants

74204    Utility maintenance workers

74203    Automotive and heavy truck and equipment parts installers and servicers

84100    Underground mine service and support workers

94100    Machine operators, mineral and metal processing

94101    Foundry workers

94103    Concrete, clay and stone forming operators

94104    Inspectors and testers, mineral and metal processing

94105    Metalworking and forging machine operators

94106    Machining tool operators

94107    Machine operators of other metal products

94110    Chemical plant machine operators

94111    Plastics processing machine operators

94112    Rubber processing machine operators and related workers

94120    Sawmill machine operators

94121    Pulp mill, papermaking and finishing machine operators

94121    Pulp mill, papermaking and finishing machine operators

94129    Other wood processing machine operators

94122    Paper converting machine operators

94123    Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders

94124    Woodworking machine operators

94140    Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing

94141    Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

94203    Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers

94204    Mechanical assemblers and inspectors

94205    Machine operators and inspectors, electrical apparatus manufacturing

94213    Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators

65310    Light duty cleaners

65311    Specialized cleaners

65312    Janitors, caretakers and heavy-duty cleaners

75110    Construction trades helpers and labourers

75101    Material handlers

75110    Construction trades helpers and labourers

75119    Other trades helpers and labourers

75201    Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors

85110    Mine labourers

85103   Nursery and greenhouse labourers

95102    Labourers 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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