Business leaders in Thunder Bay are delighted as the rural and northern immigration pilot program extended

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Business leaders in Thunder Bay are delighted as the rural and northern immigration pilot programs extended

The recent extension of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has excited Thunder Bay’s business leaders and economic development officers. Charla Robinson, president of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, tweeted her excitement upon hearing that RNIP would be extended in Thunder Bay and other regional communities. In 2022, the economic development commission has recommended 175 candidates for permanent residence, which puts it on track to reach its target of 250 recommendations. This is likely to increase next year’s allotment. Business leaders are very delighted by this extension.


With the extension, it has also been stated that the RNIP will make a number of changes beginning this fall, assisting community partners, employers, and candidates by:


  • Increasing the limits of seven of the member communities, including Vernon, Moose Jaw, West Kootenay, Sudbury, Timmins, and North Bay;
  • Increasing the pool of employment offers open to people with specialized work experience, making it easier to fill labor market gaps in the healthcare and trades sectors;
  • Increasing the time for community participation until August 2024, when the pilot program ends;
  • Assisting neighborhood organizations in better supporting employers and job seekers;
  • Lowering the minimum amount of settlement funds that participants must hold, and;
  • Enhancing the program’s credibility.


The expansion of RNIP, which was just announced, “makes it that easier for communities to fulfill their vital labor market demands,” as it was said earlier this year. “Rural and northern areas face particular economic and demographic issues.”


What is a Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)?


The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is an initiative driven by the local community. By providing a path to permanent residency for highly talented foreign employees who desire to live and work in one of the participating communities, it aims to expand the advantages of economic immigration to smaller areas and benefits Business leaders.


Participating in the program are the 11 communities listed below:


  • In Ontario, North Bay
  • Sudbury, Ontario
  • Timmins, Ontario
  • Ontario’s Sault Ste. Marie
  • Ontario’s Thunder Bay
  • Brandon, Manitoba
  • Manitoba’s Altona and Rhineland
  • Saskatchewan’s Moose Jaw
  • Claresholm, Alberta
  • British Columbia’s Vernon
  • British Columbia’s West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson)


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