Government of Canada invests to boost immigration to meet the workforce needs of Greater Sudbury employers

News release

FedNor funding to help attract skilled newcomers to address employment gaps in the region

May 17, 2021 – Sudbury, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor

A highly skilled workforce is key to the growth of Canadian businesses and a strong national economy. Immigration continues to play an important role in addressing Canada’s skill and labour needs, while helping to attract investment capital. Through Regional Development Agencies, such as FedNor, the Government of Canada is helping communities across the country attract skilled newcomers that match employer needs, leading to enhanced productivity, economic growth and further job creation.

Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, and Marc G. Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, today announced a Government of Canada investment of $480,746 to enable the City of Greater Sudbury to implement the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) in the Sudbury and Nickel Belt regions.

Provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, the funding will enable the City of Greater Sudbury to hire a Business Development Officer and a Technical Coordinator to support outreach and education activities with employers regarding immigration pathways available to fill employment gaps. In addition, the initiative will support employer diversity readiness training, promotion of in-demand jobs to newcomers, and the development of a workforce and settlement strategy.

Designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities, RNIP supports permanent residence for skilled foreign workers wanting to relocate to a participating community. The City of Sudbury is one of the 11 successful applicant communities across Canada selected to participate in this five-year economic pilot program, which runs until 2025.


“Attracting immigrant skilled workers is an integral part of our government’s Innovation and Skills Plan and will be fundamental to Canada’s economic recovery. Through our continued investments in Regional Development Agencies, like FedNor, we are helping our business and community partners adapt to the social and economic realities of today while preparing for the economy of the future.”
- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedNor

“Our government’s focus on immigration and diversification will support a strong economic recovery that is inclusive, sustainable, and creates high-quality jobs here at home in Greater Sudbury. Diversity is one of Sudbury’s greatest strengths and I’m thrilled that Sudbury was selected as one of five Northern Ontario communities taking part in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program.”  
- Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury

“Coordinating the creation and the launch of the Northern Rural Immigration Pilot Project (RNIP) has been a tremendous achievement for my Northern Ontario colleagues and I. I am thrilled to see new RNIP investments which will support the attraction of skilled immigrant workers and meet the needs of businesses and communities for growth. This in turn helps maximize the social and economic potential of the Greater Sudbury and Nickel Belt regions. The funding announced today reinforces our government’s commitment to recruit and retain top talent so we can continue growing and supporting rural regions.”
- Marc G. Serré, MP Nickel Belt and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources

“Greater Sudbury is a welcoming and inclusive community, and I am pleased that we are one of only 11 Canadian communities selected for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. As a key component of our Workforce Development Strategy, this program is a pivotal opportunity to attract skilled newcomers to our community and assist local employers in search of new talent. I want to thank our federal partners for their support in helping us meet our workforce needs.”
- Mayor Brian Bigger, City of Greater Sudbury

"The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation represents a variety of business sectors with a common goal of supporting economic growth in our community. Attracting talented, creative workers from beyond our municipal borders will be a tremendous social and economic benefit to our city, and we are deeply appreciative that Greater Sudbury has been selected to participate in this program."
- Andrée Lacroix,  Chair, Greater Sudbury Development Corporation

Quick facts

  • The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program (NODP), which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, diversification and business growth.

  • Since 2015, FedNor has provided more than $183 million in NODP funding to support 487 projects, which helped create and maintain more than 8,400 jobs in communities and First Nations across Northern Ontario.

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Catherine Mounier-Desrochers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages

Barclay Babcock
Communications Officer

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