The Community Criteria are designed to identify candidates who best fit the community’s needs and prioritize those who intend to reside in the community.

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Community Criteria

To be deemed eligible for recommendation by the NORTH BAY & AREA RNIP, a candidate must:

  1. meet all the federal eligibility criteria related to language proficiency, education and intention to reside, as specified in the Ministerial Instructions, to demonstrate that they have the skill set required in the community and the intention to reside in the community.
  2. have received a genuine job offer in one of the National Occupational Classification (2016) groups determined by the NORTH BAY & AREA RNIP to be in-demand in North Bay from an eligible employer as established by the NORTH BAY & AREA RNIP.
  3. have past work experience that is commensurate with duties and responsibilities required to effectively work in the job specified within their job offer, to ensure they have the required skill set for the employment being offered.

Once a candidate has been deemed eligible per section A.1, the NORTH BAY & AREA RNIP will prioritize candidates for recommendation who are most likely to settle and reside in North Bay and contribute to the local economy.

Where more candidates meet the required minimum score than can be given a recommendation in a period of time, the highest scoring candidates will be further assessed for recommendation. The NORTH BAY & AREA RNIP reserves the right to limit the number of recommendations issued by NOC (2016) group or occupation, or by employer.

Applications for a community recommendation will be prioritized by the Selection Committee based on the following factors:

 

  1. The candidate’s English or French language proficiency exceeds the minimum language requirement for the intended occupation in the community as described in the Ministerial Instructions, to assess whether a candidate has the skill set required in the community and whether the applicant has the required skill set for their occupation in the community.
  2. The candidate’s knowledge of both official languages, to assess whether an applicant has the skill set required in the community.
  3. The candidate’s age on the day the application is received, to assess whether an applicant has the skill set required in the community.
  4. The candidate’s possession of a valid driver’s license from within Canada or their current country of residence to establish an intention to reside in the community and a skill set required in the community.
  5. The candidate’s past residence in, and level of familiarity with, rural and remote communities; to demonstrate a candidate’s connection to the community and intention to reside in the community.
  6. The candidates’ familial or friendship ties to an established member of the community, to demonstrate a candidate’s connection to the community. The family member must be a permanent resident of Canada or a Canadian citizen aged 18 years or older, and has been living within the boundaries of North Bay (as defined by the Ministerial Instructions) for a minimum of (2) years.
  7. The candidate’s undertaking of an exploratory visit of North Bay for at least five (5) nights of stay to demonstrate a candidate’s connection to the community and a candidate’s intention to reside in the community.
  8. The candidate’s work experience related to the job being offered in an eligible NOC group, or related to one of the priority NOC groups determined by the NORTH BAY & AREA RNIP to be in-demand in North Bay, to determine whether the candidate has the required skill set for the job being offered.
  9. The candidate’s current work for an employer who has provided the employment offer for the purpose of this program, to demonstrate a candidate’s connection to the community and intention to reside in the community.
  10. The candidate’s current employment in North Bay, to demonstrate a candidate’s connection to the community.
  11. The candidate’s education at a public post-secondary institution within the boundaries of North Bay, as defined by the Ministerial Instruction, to establish the candidate’s connection to the community.
  12. The candidate’s lawful temporary status in the community, residing within the boundaries of North Bay at the time of application, to demonstrate a candidate’s connection to the community.
  13. The candidate’s spouse or common-law partner’s demonstrated adaptability to contribute to the economic and social life in North Bay, to establish an intention to reside in North Bay or a connection to the community, in the form of:
    1. Candidates who demonstrate that their spouse or common law partner has work experience in an occupation from an eligible NOC group, or related to one of the priority NOC groups determined by the NORTH BAY & AREA RNIP to be in-demand in North Bay.
    2. Candidates who demonstrate that their spouse or common law partner has received a valid job offer by, or is currently employed from an employer within the boundaries of North Bay (as defined by Ministerial Instructions).
    3. Candidates who demonstrate their spouse or common law partner’s knowledge of one of Canada’s two official languages.
    4. Candidates who demonstrate their spouse or common law partner’s knowledge of the second official language.
    5. Candidates who demonstrate their spouse or common law partner’s current or previous education at a public post-secondary institution within the boundaries of North Bay, as defined by the Ministerial Instruction, to establish the candidate’s connection to the community.

Interviews

Applicants who apply from outside Canada must be available for a 15 to 30 minute videoconference interview with an RNIP representative, if they have been provided a full time job offer by an approved employer. Applicants who are currently in the community may also be required to attend an in-person/virtual interview at the discretion of the committee.

Operational Considerations and Information

Applicants who meet the federal and community eligibility criteria, and have proof of all eligibility may move forward with creating a candidate profile, and will be placed into the candidate pool. Applications under the North Bay Area RNIP will be considered for recommendation up to six months after the initial application date. After which, the application will be declined, but the applicant may choose to re-apply.

Other points to consider

Immigration Representatives

You may choose to use a representative to assist you with finding a qualifying job offer, completing your RNIP application for recommendation or completing your Permanent Resident application.  The are different types of representatives: paid and unpaid, and authorized and unauthorized.  Representatives are authorized if they are:  
  • lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society; 
  • notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Quebec, and;
  • citizenship or immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. 
 
The RNIP Community will not communicate with, or allow for, unauthorized representatives to assist with your RNIP application.  If you use an unauthorized representative, in Canada or abroad, we may return your application or refuse it.  
 
Using a representative does not change how your application will be reviewed or whether it will be approved or rejected.  All applications are handled the same regardless of whether a representative is used or not.  Immigration representatives cannot guarantee Community Recommendation, Permanent Residence, or a more expedient processing of an application.

Intake Period

Applicants who meet the federal and community eligibility criteria will be placed in the candidate pool for up to six months. Applicants will be reviewed monthly. Applicants not chosen for recommendation, will be placed back into the pool; however after six months, the applicant can choose to re-apply.

 

The North Bay Area RNIP Community has been awarded up to 100 annual recommendations for each year of the pilot program.