Employer Criteria

To administer the Pilot and ensure that the job offers from local employers are genuine for the purposes of the Pilot and are in demand in the community, employers may be pre-screened by the CEDC as approved to issue qualifying job offers to prospective candidates in advance of hiring a foreign national or may choose to become designated when they find a foreign national they wish to hire.


In order to be designated to make offers of employment under the Pilot in Thunder Bay, the employer must:

  1. Be located within the community boundaries, as defined in the Ministerial Instructions;
  2. Be a recognized business that has operated in Thunder Bay as defined by the Ministerial Instructions for at least 2 years OR be a new company that has recently moved to Thunder Bay and set-up operations, but has existed as a company elsewhere in Canada for a minimum of 3 years;
  3. Not be in violation of the Immigration, Refugee and Protection Act or Immigration, Refugee and Protection Regulations;
  4. Not be listed on the IRCC website of ineligible companies to participate in immigration programs; nor have been found to have been in material violation of any bylaw of the City of Thunder Bay, or any statute or regulation of Province of Ontario or the government of Canada;
  5. Offer full-time, permanent employment in an “in demand” occupation as defined by the CEDC;
  6. Demonstrate their efforts to recruit a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident prior to providing the job offer; and,
  7. Attest that they did not receive any form of payment in exchange for the job offer.


Approach to Supporting Newcomer Integration

Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission agrees to ensure that the following activities are undertaken in order to increase the likelihood of individuals economically establishing and settling permanently in Thunder Bay.

Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission will ensure employers that recruit newcomers under the Pilot demonstrate a commitment to a culturally safe workplace and integration support for newcomers by:

  1. Assigning a culturally sensitive on-the-job mentor (not supervisor) to help understand company principles, norms, rules and culture, provide regular, detailed feedback to the newcomer on his or her job performance, and to help with day to day questions;
  2. Supporting the newcomer employee with finding and securing housing and/or providing the newcomer employee with housing;
  3. Introducing newcomer employees to opportunities to join groups, associations and/or community organizations;
  4. Providing financial assistance, where necessary, for a newcomer employee’s language and/or skills development;
  5. Granting a newcomer employee time away from work to attend CEDC or community sponsored events where the main objective is to bring together newcomers and established members of the community;
  6. Providing diversity training to staff that are in a supervisory role or work directly with a newcomer employee;
  7. Providing proof of employer’s completion and/or attendance at educational seminars, conferences or information sessions related to supporting and/or retaining newcomers
  8. Granting time to newcomer employees who require information or support with enrolling children in schools, applying for health cards, and obtaining a driving license and finding accommodation;
  9. Offering team-building activities within the workplace that promote cross-cultural understanding and awareness; and/or
  10. Making appropriate referrals for newcomers to access community resources and settlement services as the need arises.

For further information or to apply to become an eligible employer, please contact:

Emily Lauzon
Workforce Development Officer

Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission | Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot
Email: elauzon@thunderbay.ca | Tel: (807) 629-8359

The following occupations are eligible under the RNIP

National Occupation Classification – Skill Level A 

2131 Civil Engineers

2132 Mechanical Engineers

2133 Electrical and Electronics Engineers

3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

3111 Specialist physicians            

3112 General practitioners and family physicians

3142 Physiotherapists

National Occupation Classification – Skill Level B 

2211 Chemical technologists and technicians      

2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians          

2223 Forestry Technicians and Technologists

2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians

2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians        

2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians     

2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians              

2253 Drafting technologists and technicians        

2254 Land survey technologists and technicians

2271 Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors

2272 Air traffic controllers and related occupations

321 Medical Technologists and Technicians

3219 Pharmacy Technician

3233 Licensed practical nurses

4214 Early childhood educators and assistants

6321 Chefs

6331 Butchers and Bakers

7283 Tile setters

731 (all occupations within this group) Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicles)

732 (all occupations within this group) Automotive service technicians

733 (all occupations within this group) Other mechanics and related repairers

8231 Underground production and development miners

8241 Logging Machine Operators

 National Occupation Classification – Skill Level C 

3411 Dental assistants

3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

7441 Residential and commercial installers and servicers

7511 Transport truck drivers

7521 Heavy equipment operators (except crane)

7535 Other automotive mechanical installers and servicers

8411 Underground mine service and support workers

9411 Machine operators, mineral and metal processing

9414 Concrete, clay and stone forming operators

9415 Inspectors and testers, mineral and metal processing

9416 Metalworking and forging machine operators

9417 Machining tool operators

9418 Other metal products machine operators

9431 Sawmill machine operators

9432 Pulp mill machine operators

9433 Papermaking and finishing machine operators

9434 Other wood processing machine operators

9435 Paper converting machine operators

9436 Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders

 National Occupation Classification – Skill Level D 

7611 Construction Trade Helpers and Labourers.