Employer Criteria

To be designated to make offers of employment under the RNIP in Thunder Bay, an employer must:

  • Be located within the Thunder Bay Census Metropolitan Area (CMA)
  • Be a recognized business that has operated in Thunder Bay as defined by the Ministerial Instructions for at least two (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 three (3) years
  • Not be in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
  • Not be listed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as an ineligible company 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;
  • Offer full-time, permanent employment in a priority occupation as defined by Thunder Bay CEDC
  • Demonstrate their efforts to recruit a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident prior to providing the job offer
  • Attest that they did not receive any form of payment in exchange for the job offer


Approach to Supporting Newcomer Integration

In order to increase the likelihood of newcomers becoming economically established and settling permanently in Thunder Bay, eligible employers must demonstrate a commitment to a culturally-safe workplace and support for the newcomer's community integration. Employers must commit to at least three (3) of the following activities:

  • Assign a culturally sensitive on-the-job mentor, who is not their supervisor, to help the newcomer(s) understand company principles, norms, rules and culture; provide regular, detailed feedback to the newcomer(s) on their job performance; and to help with day-to-day questions;
  • Support the newcomer employee(s) with finding and securing housing and/or providing the newcomer employee(s) with housing;
  • Introduce newcomer employee(s) to opportunities to join groups, associations and/or community organizations;
  • Provide financial assistance, where necessary, for newcomer employees' language and/or skills development;
  • Grant newcomer employee time away from work to attend CEDC or community-sponsored events for which the main objective is to facilitate community integration;
  • Provide diversity training to staff that are in a supervisory role or work directly with a newcomer employee;
  • Provide proof of the employer's completion and/or attendance at educational seminars, conferences or information sessions related to supporting and/or retaining newcomers;
  • Grant time to newcomer employees who require information or support with enrolling children in schools, applying for health cards, and obtaining a driver's license and finding accommodations;
  • Offer team-building activities within the workplace that promote cross-cultural understanding and awareness; and/or
  • Make appropriate referrals for newcomers to access community resources and settlement services as the need arises.

To become an approved employer or find out if RNIP is right for your organization and hiring needs, contact Thunder Bay CEDC by completing this form.

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

633 (all occupations within this group) Butchers and bakers

7271 Carpenters

728 (all occupations within this group) Masonry and plastering trades

7291 Roofers and shinglers

7295 Floor covering installers

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

4412 – Personal Support Workers (employed with Home Care Agencies)

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.