Application Process and Steps
Welcome to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program application process for Sudbury. Please review the information below and follow the steps carefully. Any community-specific questions can be directed to [email protected].
A candidate may only apply to the RNIP if they have secured an offer of employment in an eligible occupation in an eligible industry. For this current period, the following are identified as eligible industries and eligible occupations:
From the Ground Up 2015-2025 is Greater Sudbury’s Community Economic Development Strategic Plan. In supporting the priority sectors identified in the strategy as complementary to the area’s strengths in the mining sector, the following areas will be targeted in Year 1 of the Sudbury Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program to accomplish the community’s goals of economic diversification and employment growth.
|Eligible Industry||Eligible Candidates|
|Mining Supply and Services Sector||Open to applicants living in Sudbury and applicants living abroad|
|Tourism||Open to applicants living in Sudbury and applicants living abroad|
|Any sector||Only open to candidates already living in Sudbury|
* A company is defined as part of the Mining Supply and Services Industry if more than 50% of their clients and/or revenues are derived from mining clients. Participating companies will be expected to provide a letter to affirm their status as a MSS company.
* A company is defined as part of the Tourism Industry if the company directly provides goods or services to facilitate business, pleasure and leisure activities away from the home environment.
Process and Steps
Step 1: Make sure you meet the IRCC Federal Eligibility Requirements.
Visit the Government of Canada Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for eligibility requirements.
Step 2: Check to see if you match with the Community Requirements.
You should meet at least the Assessment Factor Point minimum cut-off. Further information can be found on Form SRNIP001
- The Community Selection Committee will be assessing candidate’s ties to the community to ensure that you and your family are prepared to reside in Sudbury after you receive your permanent residency.
Step 3: Find full-time permanent employment in Sudbury in one of the eligible occupations and an employer operating in an eligible industry.
- You are required to be currently employed or have a job offer from an employer in Sudbury in order to qualify for the Sudbury RNIP.
- If you are not currently employed or have a job offer, please apply to job postings that meet your past work experience and education. You can find information on available positions by searching on indeed.ca or jobbank.gc.ca.
- The City of Greater Sudbury will not assist candidates with their job search.
- Employers will conduct normal hiring practices, such as interviews and reference checks. You may be required to appear for an in-person interview at your expense.
- You must have the RNIP Offer of Employment Form IMM 5984E filled out and signed by your employer. It is your responsibility to upload this form as part of your application.
Step 6: The Sudbury RNIP Coordinator will request further documentation from you via email.
- That documentation may include:
- Your resume
- Proof of age
- Letters demonstrating past work experience
- Language Credentials (primary applicant and spouse/common-law partner)
- Education Credentials (primary applicant and spouse/common-law partner)
- Employment offer or confirmation of employment for spouse or common-law partner
- Letter of reference for experiential learning opportunity
- Letter from family members confirming family relationship, status in Canada, and length of residence in Sudbury
- Evidence of a previous visit to Sudbury
- Evidence demonstrating residence in Sudbury
- Please note that any documentation provided to the Sudbury RNIP Coordinator or Community Selection Committee must be copies. All originals will be required for the permanent residency application to IRCC.
Step 7: Application Review – RNIP Coordinator
Your application will be reviewed by the RNIP Coordinator and you will be requested to undergo an interview. Only selected candidates will be contacted.
Step 8: Application Review – Community Selection Committee
Your application will be reviewed by the Community Selection Committee.
Step 9: Meeting the requirements
If it is determined that you meet the requirements of the RNIP, you will be given a recommendation letter from the Community selection committee. If you are determined not to meet the requirements of the RNIP, you will be advised that you will not be issued a recommendation from the Community selection committee. Your application will not be returned to the pool of candidates for future consideration.
Step 10: Apply for Permanent Residency
Using the community recommendation letter, you can apply directly to IRCC for your Permanent Residency.
Step 11: IRCC Review
Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada will do further review, including a medical review, financial review, and criminal record checks.
Step 12: Move to Sudbury
Once you have received your Permanent Residency, you can make arrangements for you and your family to move to Sudbury.
- Eligible applications will be retained for 3 months.
- Applications will be reviewed by the Community Selection Committee on a bi-weekly basis.
- Job application timelines will vary depending on the employer and job you are applying for.
Other important information:
- Due to the high volume of applications and expressions of interest, we will not be able to answer all inquiries. If you do not hear from us within 8 weeks, it is likely your application is not being considered at this time.
- Email is the preferred method of communication. Please contact [email protected] before visiting municipal offices in person.
- The City of Greater Sudbury is not affiliated with any immigration representative, nor do we give preferential treatment to applicants who have hired an immigration representative. However, if you choose to have your paperwork completed by an immigration representative, please refer to the IRCC website for information on making an informed choice.
- There are other pathways to immigration through IRCC that you may wish to explore.
Please note that applications will not be considered if they are incomplete and/or do not meet the minimum criteria.
In addition to the federal eligibility criteria, applicants for the RNIP program will be assessed on their intention to live and work in Greater Sudbury* after they have received their permanent residence.
We will prioritize candidates for recommendation using a point-based system. An applicant’s score will assist us in determining the likelihood that an applicant and their family will be able to:
- Contribute to an urgent or important need in Sudbury’s local economy
- Build strong relationships with community members
We believe that applicants with higher scores will have a better ability to integrate into Sudbury and stay in our community in the long-term.
For details on the assessment factors to be used to assess candidates, please refer to form SRNIP 001 – the RNIP Candidate Assessment Form.
*Refers to the area within the boundaries of Sudbury as defined by the Ministerial instructions.