Ontario held its first-ever In-Demand Skills stream draw under its new intake system.
Less than three weeks after introducing the In-Demand Skills stream to the new Expression of Interest (EOI) system, Ontario has invited immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. For the general draw, Ontario invited 54 candidates with scores of at least 11.
Invited candidates needed work experience in one of the following occupations, listed by sector in order of their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code.
Health and agricultural occupations:
Manufacturing (outside Greater Toronto Area only):
Invited candidates now have 14 calendar days to apply for a nomination from Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
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 nomination with 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. The number of work hours has to equal either 1,200 hours of paid employment in one job over the course of 18 months. Or, for those who had more than one job, it would mean working for at least 30 hours per week for nine months totalling 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
|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|
|7611||Construction trades helpers and labourers|
|9462||Industrial butchers, meat cutters, poultry preparers, related workers|
Available only to candidates outside the Greater Toronto Area
|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|
Although Ontario is the most popular destination for new immigrants, like the rest of Canada, the province struggles to attract newcomers to rural communities.
The Regional Immigration Pilot was launched to help address labour shortages in some of these communities. It allows the province to allocate 150 nominations in 2021 to three rural locations: Chatham-Kent, Cornwall, and Quinte West/Belleville. These municipalities demonstrated to the province that they have labour shortages in skilled occupations, and the ability to help newcomers get settled.
If you are eligible for any of the OINP Employer Job Offer streams and your full-time job offer is in one of the participating communities, you may be able to get a provincial nomination through the pilot.
There are three Employer Job Offer streams:
Any nomination through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a major asset when applying for Canadian immigration. PNPs demonstrate to the federal government that this applicant supports regional labour market needs. The federal government has the final say in all Canadian immigration applications but the overwhelming majority of provincial nominees get approved for permanent residence.
The pilot is slated to operate for two years before it is reviewed. It may be extended or discontinued depending on its performance.
Ontario ranks EOI profiles based on a number of human capital factors that the province has decided will be important in selecting immigrants with the potential to thrive. You get points for the skill level of your job offer as well as your Canadian work experience.
The OINP scoring system is different depending on which stream you apply for. Other than skill level and work experience, it also takes into account your wage, education, official language ability, and the region in which you study or work. The province also allocates 10 points at its discretion to respond to labour market needs.
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