Canada to Invest $1 Million in Northern Ontario to Boost Immigration & Tourism


Canada is taking all possible steps to revive its regional economy after the onslaught caused by the pandemic. 


The federal government will now focus on attracting new immigrants as well as boost tourism under its new $1 million investment plan in Northern Ontario. 

The million-dollar funding will go into boosting municipalities and indigenous communities to create well-paying jobs for newcomers. A newcomer in Canada can be anyone who has recently immigrated to Canada as an International student, temporary worker, skilled professional, experienced entrepreneur, and more. They may soon qualify to obtain permanent residency in Canada. 

The government is expected to first focus on the Thunder Bay-Superior North region by matching skilled workers to what employers need, revealed Patty Hajdu and Marcus Powlowski, who are Members of Parliament for the Thunder Bay area, while announcing the initiative on April 7.

They went on to say, “Our government’s focus on economic diversification and immigration will support a strong economic recovery that is inclusive, sustainable, and creates good jobs for families throughout Thunder Bay-Superior North.

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Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

Canada is investing about $490,500 in the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission to support Canada’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). 

The RNIP is a community-driven immigration program. It takes help from the participating municipalities that attract and retain foreign workers. 

Thunder Bay is one of 11 participating communities, which also include:

  • North Bay, Ontario;
  • Sudbury, Ontario;
  • Timmins, Ontario;
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario;
  • Brandon, Manitoba;
  • Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba;
  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan;
  • Claresholm, Alberta;
  • Vernon, British Columbia; and
  • West Kootenay, British Columba.

According to a report funded by the federal government of Canada, Northern Ontario needs 162,000 new immigrants to support its economy. Individuals with specific professions and trades under Health & Medical, Skilled Trades, Engineering, ICT, Mining can easily find a prospective job opportunity in the region. 

Candidates willing to apply for immigration under RNIP will be required to have a recommendation from one of these communities. The recommendation can be obtained by demonstrating at least one year of work experience or a post-secondary credential from a local institution. Adequate language requirements and enough financial stability to support yourself and your family will also be required. 

With the recent announcement, the government is aiming at helping employers in the region better understand the immigration pathways and also promote jobs to newcomers, and provide employer diversity training.

Additionally, Canada is set to fulfil its annual obligation to welcome more than 401,000 newcomers through various economic-class programs and family programs. This is under a larger scheme of things to welcome over 1.2 million new permanent residents by 2023

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