Ontario’s Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream will re-open on that date and will feature 13 additional employment positions located outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) only.
The purpose of this stream is to help address labour shortages in specific in-demand occupations such as in agriculture, construction, trucking, or personal support work.
Workers inside and outside of Canada can apply to this stream.
To obtain a provincial nomination under the stream, an immigration candidate must have a valid job offer and meet other eligibility criteria.
Candidates must obtain a full-time and permanent job offer (i.e. a minimum of 1,560 hours in a year and no end date of the position).
The job must be in an eligible occupation inside or outside of the GTA.
The job must fall under one of the following National Occupation Classification skill level C or D codes:
As of July 6, a job offer under the following NOC codes (also levels C or D) will be valid for this stream, as long as the job is located outside of the GTA:
Employers have numerous obligations. For instance, they must demonstrate the person they are hiring through this Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) stream is necessary to their business and they must pay them at or above the median wage level for the occupation.
Immigration candidates must have at least 9 months of cumulative paid full-time work experience in the occupation they have received a job offer for. They must also have the equivalent of a Canadian secondary school (high school) education, or higher, and a minimum English or French-language level of a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 4 or higher in each competency (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).
Among other requirements include an immigration candidate demonstrating they have a valid license to work in an occupation that requires a license or other authorization in Ontario.
Ontario operates the largest PNP in Canada since it has the country’s largest population and economy.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has provided Ontario with a PNP allocation of 7,350 principal applicants in 2020. In addition, Ontario can nominate 250 temporary foreign workers in intermediate skilled occupations (NOC C roles).
The OINP has remained active throughout 2020 including during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
It has held 12 skilled worker and entrepreneur draws so far this year.
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