More parts of Canada are coming to adopting plans to improve Canada immigration on a provincial and regional level. On October 21, 2020, North Bay, Ontario became the 11th Canadian community to launch its own RNIP stream. That leaves only Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan as the only community to launch this program.
Currently, there are 12 participating communities in the pilot. Located just 3 hours’ drive north of Toronto, North Bay is a city that is home to more than 50,000 people.
Its diversified economy includes mining, health, and tourism sectors that perform strongly. Besides these sectors, education is also a key area that performs well. The city has many post-secondary institutions.
RNIP is a new initiative of IRCC that is meant to partner with communities outside Canada’s main population centers. The program attracts immigrants who will best contribute to each community.
To be eligible to apply to any community, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
- The applicant must have at least a year’s experience at work in the last 3 years, with the exception of some international students and graduates.
- The applicant must have a minimum level of proficiency in English or French.
- The applicant must have at least a high school diploma.
- The applicant must have the means to support himself/herself and the immediate family members.
- The applicant must have been offered a permanent, full-time job in the participating community.
The job offered must be at a skill level that’s either a level up/down or the same as the NOC that matches the work experience possessed by the applicant.
The factors that will help an applicant to gain an edge during selection include:
- The experience of living in rural or northern communities
- Stronger knowledge of Canada’s official languages
- Friendship or family ties with someone residing in North Bay
- A history of living in North Bay or currently living there
- History of studying in a post-secondary institution in North Bay
- Working in an in-demand job in North Bay
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RNIP – Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
NOC – National Occupational Classification