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Immigrant nominee program draws skilled newcomers to Ontario


“Immigration is key to stimulating innovation,” said Ontario’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Laura Albanese.

Ontario is accepting more skilled newcomers than ever before through its successful Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

OINP has now reopened the following streams:

  • International Masters Graduate Stream;
  • International PhD Graduate Stream; and
  • Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream.

The OINP has also launched online application systems for these streams to improve its customer service, help improve processing times and make it easier to apply.

Ontario is continuing to help businesses attract the talented people they need to compete globally by accepting more skilled newcomers through this program, said Laura Albanese,  Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development at the University of Toronto’s Centre for International Experience.

Recognizing the success of the OINP and its importance to Ontario’s economy, the federal government has increased the province’s 2017 allocation by 500 nominees to a total of 6,000.

Through the OINP, Ontario is able to nominate people for permanent resident status. Nominees include skilled workers, international students, experienced entrepreneurs, and key staff of established foreign corporations seeking to expand into Ontario.

With their advanced language skills and global connections, international students are important to the success of Ontario’s economy.

Ontario’s federal nomination allocation has increased from 2,500 in 2014 to 6,000 in 2017.

“Immigration is key to stimulating innovation, growing our workforce and keeping us competitive in today’s global economy,” said Albanese.

“By helping attract the people who have the skills and abilities we need to fill labour market gaps, Ontario is helping ensure businesses are better able to prosper and make our province even stronger.”

“The OINP allows Ontario to attract individuals who have the right skills and experience for our economic needs,” said Matthews. “Attracting and retaining skilled newcomers and international students will help to create a prosperous economy based on ideas, innovation and exchange and will enrich the cultural diversity of Ontario.”

Posted: Apr 2, 2017

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