RNIP – Employers

Employer Eligibility Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). Below you will find more information for Sault Ste. Marie employers who are seeking to participate in the program. Any community related questions should be directed to labourforce@cityssm.on.ca. For all other inquiries, please visit the IRCC website.

NOTE: As part of the Employer Recommendation Requirements, the “Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot” form must be filled out and signed by the employer and co-signed by the primary applicant. Download the RNIP Offer of Employment Form here.

August 25, 2023 announcement

Any new applications coming from August 25th, 2023, will be reviewed, but no recommendation letter can be given until January 2024 as we have maxed our allocations for 2023.

Employers may be designated by the Community Recommendation Committee as approved participants in advance of hiring a foreign national or may choose to become designated when they find a foreign national they wish to hire.   The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation reserves the right to waive these requirements in certain circumstances.

In order to be designated to participate in the Pilot in Sault Ste. Marie, the employer must:

  1. Be located within the boundaries of the City of Sault Ste. Marie, as defined by the Ministerial Instructions.
  2. Have been in active business in Sault Ste. Marie for at least three years prior to providing the candidate with a job offer. The employer may be required to provide operation history documented through financial information and/or prepared financials, bank statements, letters patent, and tax filings to the Community Recommendation Committee upon request.
  3. If the employer is the product of a new investment in the community, a business case shall be provided for assessment by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation.  An assessment will include financial capacity to execute the plan identified through bank information and the intent to establish based on a lease or purchase of building in community.  The Community Recommendation Committee will validate the intent to establish with the client or company that wishes to attract talent through RNIP.
  4. Provide detailed information on their labour needs.
  5. Have no outstanding orders made against them under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 or the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  6. Have at least three full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents who work at the location where the candidate will work;
  7. Not be in violation of the Immigration, Refugee and Protection Act (IRPA) or Immigration, Refugee and Protection Regulations.

Employer Recommendation Requirements

In order for the candidate receiving the job offer to be recommended by the Community Recommendation Committee, the employer must:

  1. Provide a valid job offer co-signed by the primary candidate that meets the following requirements:
    1. The job offer must be for a full-time and permanent position.
    2. Full-time means the job must be a minimum of 1,560 hours a year and a minimum of 30 hours of paid work per week.
    3. Permanent means the job is not seasonal employment and must be of indeterminate duration (no end date).
    4. The wage for the job being offered is within the range of wages for that particular occupation within the specified region of Ontario (as identified by the federal government) where the candidate will be working.
    5. Download the RNIP Offer of Employment Form here.
  2. The employer has demonstrated that they are confident that the individual is reasonably able to carry out the functions of the job offer, as demonstrated by past work experience, interviews and reference checks completed by the employer;
  3. The employer did not receive any form of payment in exchange for the job offer.
  4. Demonstrate their efforts made to recruit a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident prior to providing the job offer.
  5. Be prepared to welcome and accommodate foreign workers into the workplace by meeting at least one (1) of the following requirements:
    1. Completing at minimum three (3) hours of intercultural competency training provided by the Local Immigration Partnership OR;
    2. Providing a letter of recommendation from an IRCC-funded settlement service agency located in Sault Ste. Marie supporting their ability to hire, welcome and support foreign workers, as observed within the past three (3) years OR;
    3. Demonstrating the presence of an active diversity committee within the organization by submitting meeting minutes from any committee meeting held within the past six (6) months Or;
    4. Provide an individualized settlement plan (coming soon) co-signed with the foreign worker. (Applies only if the candidate is not already residing in Sault Ste. Marie at the time of application).

Preference will be given to applicants with recent experience in one of the following National Occupation Classification (NOC). Please note that other NOCs may be considered.  Sault Ste. Marie EDC reserves the right to manage/limit the use of allocations by employer and/or sector. Security guards or retail positions (eg. gas station/convenience stores) do not qualify for the RNIP program. 



  • 10 – Specialized middle management occupations in administrative services, financial and business services and communication (except broadcasting)
  • 20 – Specialized middle management occupations in engineering, architecture, science and information systems
  • 30 – Specialized middle management occupations in healthcare
  • 40 – Managers in public administration, education and social and community services and in public protection services
  • 70 – Middle management occupations in trades and transportation
  • 80 – Middle management occupations in production and agriculture
  • 90 – Middle management occupations in manufacturing and utilities
  • 11 – Professional occupations in finance and business
  • 21 – Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences
  • 31 – Professional occupations in health
  • 41 – Professional occupations in law, education, social, community and government services
  • 51 – Professional occupations in art and culture
  • 12 – Administrative and financial supervisors and specialized administrative occupations
  • 22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences
  • 32 – Technical occupations in health
  • 42 – Front-line public protection services and paraprofessional occupations in legal, social, community, education services
  • 52 – Technical occupations in art, culture and sport
  • 72 – Technical trades and transportation officers and controllers
  • 82 – Supervisors in natural resources, agriculture and related production
  • 92 – Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and utilities operators and controllers
  • 13 – Administrative occupations and transportation logistics occupations
  • 33 – Assisting occupations in support of health services
  • 43 – Assisting occupations in education and in legal and public protection
  • 53 – Occupations in art, culture and sport
  • 73 – General trades
  • 83 – Occupations in natural resources and related production
  • 93 – Central control and process operators and aircraft assembly assemblers and inspectors
  • 14 – Administrative and financial support and supply chain logistics occupations
  • 44 – Care providers and public protection support occupations
  • 54 – Support occupations in sport
  • 74 – Mail and message distribution, other transport equipment operators and related maintenance workers
  • 84 – Workers in natural resources, agriculture and related production
  • 94 – Machine operators, assemblers and inspectors in processing, manufacturing and printing
  • 45 – Student monitors, crossing guards and related occupations
  • 55 – Support occupations in art and culture
  • 75 – Helpers and laborers and other transport drivers, operators and laborers
  • 85 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources laborers
  • 95 – Laborers in processing, manufacturing and utilities

Additional Resources

Job Bank - Northeast region


August 25, 2023 announcement

Any new applications coming from August 25th 2023 will be reviewed, but no recommendation letter can be given until January 2024 as we have maxed our allocations for 2023.

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