Employer Criteria

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

Employers located in Thunder Bay CMA must apply to the CEDC to qualify to participate in the RNIP program.  Approved employers can then post jobs and issue qualified job offers to candidates, allowing them to apply to the CEDC for a community recommendation under the RNIP program.

Employers must be located in and offer employment in the census metropolitan area (CMA) of Thunder Bay in Ontario, as defined by Statistics Canada.

In recommending candidates for the RNIP, CEDC will only consider candidates with a job offer in an occupation that is on the National Occupation Classification (NOC) list developed by the CEDC. This list is found below.


To qualify for the Thunder Bay CEDC RNIP program eligible employers must:

  1. Be a recognized business that has operated in Thunder Bay 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 the world for a minimum of 3 years.
  2. Have not had any previous issues with the City of Thunder Bay, violations of provincial employment standards or violations under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and associated regulations.
  3. Have job vacancies that have not been filled locally in occupations that fit the community needs as defined by the CEDC in the attached listing of NOC jobs Thunder Bay is looking for.  Note: Only candidates with job offers in occupations on the attached list and from approved Thunder Bay CMA employers will be considered by the CEDC for community recommendation.
  4. Enter into an agreement to recommend mentoring, counselling and support in settling in Thunder Bay to RNIP immigrants that they hire in a form suitable to the CEDC.  Activities should include but are not limited to the following:
    • Time commitment to allow RNIP immigrants to attend CEDC or community sponsored events that are put on to assist newcomers to Thunder Bay integrate into and participate in the Thunder Bay community.
    • On the job mentoring to help transition newcomers into their new workplace.
    • Introducing new employee to other employees in the company who may belong to service clubs or other outside organizations that the RNIP employee may consider joining.
    • Ensuring that all of its employees undertake diversity training in person or by webinar an electronic training program pre-approved by the CEDC. Evidence must be provided to the CEDC that shows within one year of the new RNIP worker starting employment that all other workers have been trained through the diversity program.
  5. Offer full-time, indeterminate employment and pay wages for the job being offered that meet the minimum federal standards as identified in the Ministerial instructions. http:www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2019/2019-08-17/html/notice-avis-eng.html 
  6. Familiarize themselves, with the support of the CEDC, with all RNIP requirements and recruit candidates who will meet these requirements.  
  7. Be able to handle large volumes of resumes, securely and confidentially and be able to interview prospective RNIP candidates to ensure they meet all requirements as specified by the federal government and the CEDC criteria with proof before they give a job offer to an RNIP candidate.
  8. Recruit RNIP candidates only for positions offering full time employment for an indeterminate period.

Note: CEDC will conduct follow up and where an employer has not followed through on their agreement as audited by the CEDC through a site visit every quarter in the first year they will no longer be considered an approved employer to post any further jobs for the RNIP program.



National Occupation Classification – Skill Level A 

3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

3142 Physiotherapists

2131 Civil Engineers

2132 Mechanical Engineers

2133 Electrical and Electronics Engineers

 National Occupation Classification – Skill Level B 

2223 Forestry Technicians and Technologists

2271 Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors

2272 Air traffic controllers and related occupations

321 Medical Technologists and Technicians

3219 Pharmacy Technician

2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians

2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians

3233 Licensed practical nurses

4214 Early childhood educators and assistants

6321 Chefs

6331 Butchers and Bakers

7283 Tile setters

731 Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicles)

732 Automotive service technicians

733 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)

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.