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Sudbury Increased Efforts to Invite Newcomers After Receiving Aid

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"Despite the success of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP), business owners in Sudbury are finding it difficult to find foreign workers to fill vacant positions which are hampering their ability to succeed and grow. Many business owners are worried about having to move their business elsewhere if they can not find the workers to fill these positions."
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Published on:  Jul 1, 2021
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Despite the success of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP), business owners in Sudbury are finding it difficult to find foreign workers to fill vacant positions which are hampering their ability to succeed and grow. Many business owners are worried about having to move their business elsewhere if they can not find the workers to fill these positions. 

Sudbury is among the 11 communities currently participating in the RNIP which also includes North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, and Thunder Bay. The RNIP's goal is to attract eligible foreign workers who can meet the demands of the local labor market to ensure the economic development of that community.

How Has the RNIP Performed in Sudbury?

Since its launch in 2019, Sudbury has nominated 39 applicants through this program, including their accompanying family members, which means that around 80 new immigrants will be moving to Sudbury. To keep this pace going, FedNor, the Canadian government’s economic development organization for Northern Ontario, is providing $480,746 to the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation to hire a business development officer and a technical coordinator to oversee the program.

Paul Lefebvre, Sudbury’s MP, said that these new roles will help the business to navigate the immigration pathways available to fill their vacant positions. Due to the ongoing global pandemic, labor shortages have increased, creating a critical problem for new businesses in Canada. Since Canadian immigration is a key component of shaping the workforces across the country, it is believed that this new pilot program will help the participating cities develop their labour market.

Sudbury has also been regarded as a welcoming city for French-speaking newcomers and will increase its efforts to increase inclusion and diversity. Other communities are also ramping up their operations under the RNIP.

How Have Other Communities Performed Under RNIP?

Sault Ste. Marie welcomed its first 2 newcomers in late 2020 while more than 3,000 inquiries were made about settling in the city of Timmins. The city of Thunder Bay nominated 69 applicants for permanent residence in the city during the initial years of the program, terming it as an “incredible success.”

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