Ontario opens new immigration application system for In-Demand Skills stream

Shelby Thevenot
Published: June 28, 2021

Ontario's immigration program for in-demand workers is now open for applications through the province's new Expression of Interest (EOI) system.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) EOI system is now open for the In-Demand Skills stream under the Employer Job Offer Category.

The new stream joins the Foreign Worker and International Student streams in the EOI system. These programs were the first to be introduced into the new application intake system in March, 2021. Ontario still has to launch the EOI system for the Masters Graduate, and PhD Graduate streams. The OINP webpage says these Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) will be a part of the EOI system "in the near future."

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Being part of the EOI system means candidates can register to be considered for Ontario immigration at any time. Ontario ranks candidates' profiles based on its scoring matrix. It takes into account education, work experience, and intended destination in Ontario among other factors. The purpose is to support candidates who have the skills and experience to succeed in Ontario's labour market.

Registering for the EOI system does not guarantee that candidates will be invited to apply for a provincial nomination. Profiles are valid in Ontario's EOI pool for 12 months. The OINP may contact registrants at any time to apply for a nomination.

Most recently, Ontario invited 940 international students and foreign workers in the EOI system to apply for a nomination.

About the In-Demand Skills Stream

This immigration program focuses more on provincial demand than occupation skill level. Many immigration programs target occupations that the government considers to be "high skilled." Yet, Ontario still has labour shortages in occupations that are considered to be "low skilled."

Enter the In-Demand Skills Stream. Foreign workers with eligible job offers in Ontario can apply for a PNP having nine months of cumulative work experience in the province within the past three years. Seasonal work experience is not eligible to meet the work requirement. Part-time work may be eligible if the candidate completed the required number of work hours. This could mean either 1,200 hours of paid employment in one job over the course of 18 months, or working in more than one job for at least 30 hours of paid work in a week for nine months that amounts to 1,200 hours.

There are a number of other eligibility requirements. Generally, candidates need a high school education, a language score of at least 4 in all proficiencies, and sufficient settlement funds, among other requirements.

List of in-demand occupations

NOC Code Occupation
3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
4412 Home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
7441 Residential and commercial installers and servicers
7511 Transport truck drivers
7521 Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
8431 General farm workers
8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers
8611 Harvesting labourers
7611 Construction trades helpers and labourers
9462 Industrial butchers, meat cutters, poultry preparers, related workers

Available only to candidates outside the Greater Toronto Area

NOC Code Occupation
9411 Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
9416 Metalworking and forging machine operators
9417 Machining tool operators
9418 Other metal products machine operators
9421 Chemical plant machine operators
9422 Plastics processing machine operators
9437 Woodworking machine operators
9446 Industrial sewing machine operators
9461 Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
9523 Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
9526 Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
9536 Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
9537 Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

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