North Bay

Ontario’s North Bay begins accepting RNIP applications

North Bay in Ontario is the latest community participating in Canada’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot [RNIP] to launch the program. Of the 11 communities taking part in the RNIP, 10 are accepting applications.

The RNIP creates a pathway to Canada PR for skilled foreign workers that have the intention of working and living in any of the 11 communities that are a part of the Pilot.

Moose Jaw is the only community remaining to launch its RNIP program. As per an official statement by Moose Jaw RNIP, “Late in 2020 or early in 2021, we will begin accepting applications for a Moose Jaw community recommendation from individuals wishing to immigrate to the community through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.”

National Occupational Classification [NOC] codes in high demand in North Bay

North Bay is located in the province of Ontario in Canada. A mere 3-hour drive from Toronto, North Bay is projected as a “safe and welcoming community” of around 51,553 people. A vibrant city offering a balanced and healthy environment for living, working and raising a family.

As per Al McDonald, the Mayor, with an increasing number of individuals assessing the programs and services offered for immigration to the city, North Bay “is now a leading community of support offering settlement services to new residents from all parts of the world”.

The community boundaries of North Bay for the RNIP consist of “the communities of North Bay, Callander, Powassan, East Ferris, Bonfield, West Nipissing and some unorganized townships”.

The RNIP will bring in foreign workers into the community for filling jobs that could not be filled locally. In terms of work overseas in North Bay, there is a high demand in the community for jobs in certain sectors, such as – legal professions, accounting, architecture, mining, aviation, technology, trades, health care, construction, and manufacturing.

Sector NOC Code Description
Healthcare & Social Work NOC 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
NOC 3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
NOC 3233 Licensed practical nurses
NOC 3112 General practitioners and family physicians
NOC 4152 Social Workers
NOC 4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
NOC 4212 Social and community service workers
NOC 4412 Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
NOC 3111 Specialist Physicians
Trades [licensed or unlicensed] NOC 7312 Heavy duty equipment mechanics
NOC 7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
NOC 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
NOC 7611 Construction trades helpers and laborers
NOC 7237 Welders and related machine operators
NOC 7271 Carpenters
NOC 7241 Electricians
NOC 7251 Plumbers
NOC 7511 Transport Truck Drivers
NOC 7521 Heavy equipment operators
NOC 7535 Other transport equipment operators and related maintenance workers
Business Administration NOC 111 Auditors, accountants and investment professionals
NOC 121 Administrative services supervisors
NOC 1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
Information Technology NOC 0213 Computer and information systems managers
NOC 2147 Computer Engineers
NOC 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
NOC 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
NOC 2173 Software engineers and designers
Open NOC* [maximum 10 applications to be accepted] *Applicants with a job offer not listed above to be considered at the sole discretion of the Community Recommendation Committee. - For high skill level jobs. For example, pilots, aviation technicians, chefs, engineers etc.

Note. – The NOC codes under consideration by the North Bay RNIP are subject to change and will be updated as per the demand from employers.

There is no requirement of being within the community at the time of applying. An individual might apply to North Bay RNIP both from within the community as well as from overseas.

Only eligible businesses in the community might take part in the RNIP.

Basic 4-step process for applying for Canada’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot [RNIP]

STEP 1: Meeting eligibility requirements that are –

  • Laid down by the IRCC
  • Community-specific

STEP 2: Finding an eligible job with an employer in a participating community

STEP 3: Once a job offer has been secured, submission of an application for a recommendation to the community

STEP 4: If community recommendation received, applying for Canada permanent residence

While the IRCC eligibility criteria for the RNIP is general and similarly applicable to all under the Pilot, each of the participating communities have their own individual requirements that have to be fulfilled as well.

A total of 11 communities from 5 Canadian provinces – Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba – are participating in the RNIP.

Of these, 10 have started accepting applications for the RNIP.

Community Province Status
BrandonManitobaAccepting applications
ClaresholmAlbertaAccepting applications
Altona/RhinelandManitobaAccepting applications
Moose JawSaskatchewanTo be launched
North BayOntarioAccepting applications
Sault Ste. MarieOntarioAccepting applications
SudburyOntarioAccepting applications
Thunder BayOntarioAccepting applications
TimminsOntarioAccepting applications
VernonBritish ColumbiaAccepting applications
West KootenayBritish ColumbiaAccepting applications

As per the June 14, 2019 News Release by IRCC [Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada] announcing the Pilot, “This pilot will help attract people that are needed to drive economic growth and help support middle-class jobs in these communities.”

On successfully securing a nomination through the RNIP, the applicant can expect to receive their Canadian permanent residence within 12 months of applying to IRCC.


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