Thunder bay opens applications for Rural And Northern Immigration Pilot. Thunder Bay, Ontario, is nestled at the top of the Lake Superior, one of the Great Lakes.
A popular statue is on the outskirts of the city, immortalizing Terry Fox, a Canadian icon who attempted running across the country raising money for cancer research.
It is the biggest city in northwestern Ontario, with a population of about 107,909. Thunder Bay is home to Lakehead university and Confederation College. The economy is driven by the public sector as it is the region’s administrative, commercial, and medical centre. The biggest private-sector employer is a part of the forestry sector.
Born out of the desire to enrich the labour markets outside of urban centres, RNIP provides a gateway to Canadian permanent residence for foreigners working in eleven (11) participating communities. Each city gets to choose how they manage their program.
In early mid-April, Thunder Bay opens applications for Rural Northern Immigration Pilot, but the program has been hiring employers since January.
So far, Thunder Bay opens applications for and issued two community recommendations for candidates in occupations with a National Occupation Code skill level B. They are permitted to recommend 100 candidates for Canadian permanent residence for the first year of the pilot program. Thunder Bay has distributed the allocations by skill level.
They will roll out a total of ten (10) skill level A recommendations, forty (40) skill level B, forty (40) skill level C, and ten (10) skill level D.
The pilot’s representative, Emily Lauzon, estimates they have received about eighteen (18) applications for the program, and they have more than forty (40) employers participating.
“Most of [the employers] wanted to apply for the RNIP so that they could retain an employee,” Lauzon said in a media interview, “They aren’t necessarily looking to fill a vacancy.”
Emily Lauzon said she expected that in the first year of the three-year program most employers would be more interested in retaining existing employees. Coronavirus travel restrictions is having an impact in the RNIP operations, as for the time being only applicants who are already in Canada may apply.
Presently, the types of job positions available to foreign talents through the Thunder Bay RNIP program include hospital staffs, long-term care workers, HVAC specialists, automotive technicians, construction and renovation worker, restaurants, and expert stonemason.
Further details about applying to the Thunder Bay RNIP can be found on their website.