On October 21, North Bay became the 11th community in Canada to introduce the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) stream.
North Bay, Ontario is a city with a population of 50,000 and is located north of Toronto. Health, mining, and tourism sectors largely contribute to the city’s diverse economy. North Bay is also home to several educational institutes.
In order to attract immigrants to such small communities outside Canada’s main population centers, Immigration, Refugees, and, Citizenship Canada has launched RNIP to increase the number of immigrants by targeting candidates who can fill in the gaps in the labor market and strengthen the economy of the community.
Eligibility Criteria to apply for RNIP:
- One year of work experience in the last three years before applying is required.
- Required language proficiency in English or French;
- High school diploma
- Financial stability to support their family and livelihood.
- Full-time and permanent job offer by an eligible employer in the participating community.
The job offer must be at the same skill level that matches the candidates’ work experience, either one level above or below the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
To increase the chances of obtaining a community recommendation from North Bay:
- The candidate should be well versed in either English or French.
- Having a family or friend in the same community or any previous experiences of living in rural or northern communities are also beneficial.
- The candidate will receive additional points if they currently or previously resided in North Bay.
- If the candidate has studied at a post-secondary institute and is already employed in an occupation considered in-demand by the Community can help increase the Candidate’s chances of receiving a community recommendation.