The City of North Bay is prepared to launch the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot within the next few weeks.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a community-driven program designed to enable small communities to profit from the contributions of economic immigration by providing potential candidates with a pathway to permanent residence. The program is meant for skilled foreign workers who wish to work and live in one among the participating communities.
North Bay will become the tenth community to simply accept applications through the RNIP once it launches its website within the coming weeks.
The RNIP is meant to attach foreign workers with employers facing labour shortages in small Canadian communities. Each community is chosen for its size, location, employment opportunities, and skills to assist newcomers settle.Once the North Bay site is online, it’ll be possible for candidates to submit applications and for employers to post job offers.
An eligible offer of permanent full-time employment in one among the participating communities is required and only applicants who receive a community referral through the RNIP may apply for permanent residence in Canada.
As RNIP is community-driven, participating communities take the lead in attracting new immigrants or temporary foreign workers already in Canada and matching them with local job opportunities.
The matching process varies from community to community. In North Bay’s case, interested candidates who become involved within the community and who are bilingual may have a plus.