RNIP Update: Sudbury organizes RNIP draw
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RNIP Update: Sudbury organizes RNIP draw

Margaret Cooley



Sadbury RNIP, Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Sudbury has recently launched the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program. Sudbury is one of the three Ontario communities to have recently launched this program.

Sudbury, Ontario, organized the first Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) draw ever on 23rd April. The draw distributed invitations among candidates who are looking to apply for a community recommendation that could help them in gaining Canadian permanent residence. Sudbury, the largest city in Northern Ontario, has a population of almost 165,000.

The city’s local economy is propelled by industries such as mining, finance, and tourism. The most popular educational institutions in the city are Laurentian University and Cambrian College. 265 immigrants decided to live in Sudbury from 2019.

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What is the process of the draw?

All the 11 communities who are participants in the RNIP have their own process of picking immigration candidates. The city utilizes a points-based system like most provincial nominee programs and the federal Express Entry system. The highest-ranking candidates are selected by the Sudbury RNIP from the pool of applicants. They are invited to apply for a community recommendation.


Sudbury distributed six invitations among eligible candidates on 23rd April. All the candidates had a score of at least 280. The draw uses a tie-breaking rule, which states that the cut-off would depend on the date and time of the submission of the application if more than one candidate had the smallest score. The cut-off date for the draw was April 15, 4:28 p.m. local time.

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Sudbury launched this program on 23rd March. It is aimed at foreigners and their families who want to stay in Sudbury on a long-term basis. The candidates who want to participate in the pilot must have got an offer of employment in one of the eligible industries. The application process of the Sudbury RNIP is still ongoing in spite of the coronavirus restrictions.

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