North Bay to launch rural and northern immigration pilot
North Bay, a city in northeastern Ontario, will soon accept immigration applications through the federal pilot program.
The North Bay city is slated to launch rural and northern immigration pilots in the next few weeks.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a community-driven program, designed to benefit small communities from the contribution of economic immigration by providing potential candidates with a pathway to permanent residency. The program is for skilled foreign workers, who wish to work and live in one of the participating communities.
North Bay, a small town located about 300 km north of Toronto, will become the tenth community to accept applications via RNIP after launching its website in the coming weeks.
North Bay, like the other 11 RNIP participating communities, has a quota of 100 community recommendations for the first year of the pilot project.
The RNIP is designed to connect foreign workers to employers facing labor shortages in small Canadian communities. Each community is chosen for its size, location, employment opportunities, and ability to help new people settle.
Once the North Bay site is online, it will be possible for candidates to submit applications and post job offers.
A qualified offer of permanent full-time employment in one of the participating communities is required and only applicants who receive community referrals through RNIP can apply for permanent residency in Canada.
Because RNIP is community-driven, participating communities already undertake to attract new migrants or temporary foreign workers to Canada and to match them with local job opportunities.
The matching process varies from community to community. In the case of North Bay, interested candidates who join the community and who are bilingual may have an advantage.
“We would expect newcomers to join the community; After that PR and once not moving to larger or other centers, people wishing to stay here [will likely need another], \”Patti Carr, vice president of policy and communications for North Bay and District Commerce and Project RNIP The manager for, told CIC News.
\”Bilingualism […] will be an asset. The ability of a spouse to meet high employment demands will also be very good for our community.\”
According to Carr, the North Bay\’s family-friendly facilities, freshwater lakes, and proximity to major centers, as well as reasonable housing prices, make this community a very attractive option for newcomers.
North Bay will begin reviewing applications soon after the launch of its program, starting with candidates who are already in the country and have full-time employment in high-demand areas.
In the long term, Karr hopes that RNIP will \”help sustain and grow the population and fill positions that have been vacant for some time and allow some businesses to expand or take on new contracts for products and services Are stopping. \”
In addition to North Bay, the following participating communities are already accepting applications:
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Alton / Rhineland, Manitoba
Vernon, British Columbia
West Kootenay, British Columbia