A North-eastern city of Ontario named North Bay, will accept immigration applications and introduce the federal pilot program (Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot) in the next few weeks.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a program designed by the federal government of Canada to add benefits to the small communities through the route of permanent residence applications. The program intends to allow skilled foreign workers who have planned their future in Canada and wish to work as well as live in one of the participating communities.
North Bay, which is located 300 km north of Toronto, will be the tenth community to welcome applicants via RNIP as soon as its website is launched. Since this is the first year for North Bay with RNIP, they have decided on a quota of 100 community recommendations so far.
Mainly the RNIP is outlined to associate international talents with employers who are going through labour shortages in small Canadian communities. Each community carries its way to help immigrants to settle as per their size, location, and employment opportunities.
Candidates will be able to apply once the site of North Bay is launched online and employers will also be able to post job openings as per their requirements. This process will help candidates to get recommendations from communities with full-time employment offers and such a step can eligible the applicant to settle in Canada as a permanent resident.
RNIP follows a matching pattern that compares the employer’s requirements with employee or applicant’s skills that are already living with temporary resident status in Canada or have plans to migrate to Canada from their home country.
This process of matching requirements varies from community to community. In the case of North Bay, interested applicants may get additional benefits from the community.
“We would hope the newcomers want to be involved in the community; then the likelihood of them wanting to stay here once they receive PR and not moving to larger or other centres [would be another requirement],” said Patti Carr, vice-president of policy and communications for the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce and project manager for the RNIP.
“Bilingualism […] would be an asset. The ability for the spouse to also fill one of the high demand employment opportunities would also be a great fit for our community,” she added.
As per Ms Carr, family-friendly amenities, freshwater lakes, and proximity to major centres, as well as reasonable housing prices of North Bay, make the community more attractive for immigrants.
The program will be starting soon and North Bay will start reviewing applications on immediate bases. Applicants who are already staying in Canada on temporary status will be on their priority list if they have full-time jobs in high-demand areas.
According to Ms Carr’s assumption, the RNIP will help “maintain and increase the population and help fill positions that have been vacant for some time and have been preventing some businesses from expanding or taking on new contracts for products and services.”
In addition to North Bay, the following participating communities are already accepting applications: