North Bay is a rural town in Northeastern Ontario and has a population of 51,553. In June 2018, North Bay was selected among the other eleven communities to participate in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). The start of the program in North Bay is scheduled for January 1, 2020. The North Bay & District Chamber reported that it already received inquiries from over 1,100 candidates and 40 businesses. The local authorities stated that IRCC reduced the number of applicants to 100, from either 250 or 300. Nevertheless, even 100 immigrants will be a significant contribution to the community. The pilot will cover North Bay and 45 km of the surrounding areas outside the city.