Ontario’s Northern Regions All Set To Attract New Immigrants

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Ontario is one of the top-performing Canadian provinces, along with British Columbia and Quebec, in attracting foreign talents for permanent residence. 


The provincial authorities in Ontario look to strengthen their communities in the Northern Regions so as to welcome more immigrants in near future. The Northern Region covers Nipissing, Parry Sound, Manitoulin, Timiskaming, Sudbury, Algoma, Cochrane, Thunder Bay, Rainy River, and Kenora.

With Northern Ontario facing labor shortages as well as aging demography, more than 300 people representing over 100 organizations met together for two conferences in pre-pandemic times around February 2020 to address these issues. 

In the two conferences held in Temiskaming Shores and Thunder Bay, the communities discussed various ways to attract more new immigrants to work & settle in their region. And as a result, these discussions favoring increased immigration to Canada were recently released under the “Come North” 10-point action plan in January 2021. 

The “Come North” initiative is planned to boost population growth through the new immigration of foreign workers, entrepreneurs, international students along with their families in Northern Ontario.

The action plan also comes at the backdrop of the newly unveiled immigration levels plan. It intends to welcome close to 1.2 million new immigrants to Canada in the next three years. 

Canada PR Through Ontario Regional Immigration

Ontario offers two pathways for regional immigration – the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) or the Rural and Northern Immigration Program (RNIP).

The OINP allows skilled workers, international students, and other foreign individuals to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in Ontario. It also has a Regional Immigration Pilot that focuses on increasing immigration to rural communities in Ontario. The pilot works under the OINP’s Employer Job Offer streams.

The success of OINP in 2021 can be gauged by the recently concluded provincial nomination draws. So far, in 2021 alone, Ontario has invited close to 2,000 eligible candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

In order to qualify for one of these streams, any interested candidate must have a full-time job offer from an employer in one of the eligible communities. Ask our consultants for more details. 

Click here to know why Canada PNP are keen on welcoming new immigrants even during the pandemic. 

Another great option for regional immigration to Canada is through the RNIP. It is a federal immigration program that works with small and remote communities across Canada. There are currently 11 communities participating in the RNIP, five of which are in Ontario:

  • North Bay
  • Sudbury
  • Timmins
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Thunder Bay

Interested candidates are required to receive a recommendation from one of the communities in order to qualify under the federal program. Otherwise, a graduation certificate from a post-secondary institution in the community or one year of continuous work experience in the past three years can also be produced in order to qualify. 

Additionally, you must have a job offer from an employer in the community, and mandatory language requirements in English or French, financial stability to support yourself and your family must be demonstrated before applying. 

For more details, get in touch with our expert advisors.

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The current pandemic and prevailing slow population growth have only warranted the increase in immigration to Canada in recent times. You should consult a reputed immigration consultant to get started with planning your immigration to Canada. 

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