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Global Skills Connection Program helps Canadian manufacturers with recruitment challenges

New Canadians can help fill labour gaps

Over the next several years, Canada will welcome thousands of newcomers to help address domestic labour shortages. Manufacturing businesses in any industry can benefit by utilizing immigration to discover knowledgeable, passionate talent!

To assist Canadian manufacturers in the process of making contact with newly-immigrated and foreign trained workers, EMC is offering the Global Skills Connection program — a series of workshops aimed at helping all manufacturers with Canada’s business immigration system. Global Skills Connection courses help domestic manufacturers solve existing and potential recruitment challenges, employ a diverse variety of diligent, enthusiastic newcomers, and capitalize upon internationally-recognized skills and experience!

Discover how our team of recruitment experts can support your manufacturing business but contacting EMC for course dates.

How to fill your labour gaps by attracting New Canadians through RNIP

Immigration has long been a solution to filling labour shortages in Canadian industries, including in Northern Ontario, where generations of people from Europe, Asia, Africa and elsewhere have not only contributed to the economic and business success of communities, but also enriched them with multicultural influences.

Last year, the Government of Canada welcomed more than 430,000 new permanent residents to our country. That’s a lot of new people available for the labour market! And although New Canadians are often attracted to larger cities, northern and rural communities can benefit from attracting more newcomers to live and work locally.

One federal government program that can help Northern Ontario communities attract more talent is the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP).

The RNIP is a community-driven program designed to create a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in participating communities. In Ontario, this includes Thunder Bay, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, and North Bay, and nearby communities. (The boundaries have recently expanded, and you can see a map of them here.) The RNIP launched in 2020 and runs until 2024. There is a maximum of 2,750 principal applicants per year, plus family members, who can be accepted under RNIP.

How RNIP works

The RNIP process begins when a candidate applies for eligible job with an eligible employer in a participating community. The applicant is subject to a wide variety of criteria, including education, relevant work experience, and language proficiency, to ensure that their abilities and intent are genuine before settling.

As community-driven initiative, the RNIP also allows each community to assess prospective candidates best fit the economic needs of these community and intend to stay there.

If your business, for example, provides a job offer to the candidate, the candidate then submits an application for recommendation for permanent residence to your community.

If the recommended candidate is approved by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), then they are on their way to a new job and a new life in Canada. After all, these are not temporary foreign workers—this is an opportunity to join your permanent workforce.

How to access RNIP information, and post a job, in your community

Each community has its own additional eligibility requirements, job search process, community recommendation application process, which you can find on your municipal website:

For more information about how EMC can help your manufacturing business recruit foreign-trained workers, contact Kevin McCormick, EMC’s Manufacturing Consortium Manager for Northern Ontario.