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Ontario expands immigration program

Ontario is continuing to welcome newcomers while helping the province’s employers attract skilled workers and responding to the needs of the labour market, with enhancements to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). 

The program allows Ontario to nominate for permanent residence people who have the skills and experience needed to contribute to the province’s economy, helping employers to meet their labour needs.  

Ontario is enhancing the program with changes to the following streams: 

Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream. This new stream is being launched under the OINP for workers in the skilled trades, which will help employers meet their identified need for workers in the province’s booming construction and agriculture industries. 

Employer Job Offer Stream. This part of the program is being streamlined to make it easier and faster for employers to recruit and retain highly skilled foreign workers and qualifying international students for permanent, full-time jobs.

Entrepreneur Stream. This stream is being updated to help attract foreign entrepreneurs who wish to implement a new business idea or buy an existing business in Ontario, to support economic growth. The minimum language requirement for this stream is being adjusted to avoid unnecessarily restricting Ontario’s ability to attract foreign investment and compete with other provinces. Experienced entrepreneurs looking to establish businesses in communities outside the Greater Toronto Area will be awarded additional Expression of Interest points to help create jobs in these communities.  

The province also continues to modernize the OINP application process this year with a new, paperless online system and improved customer service to help employers find the skilled workers they need sooner.  

“Immigration is key to stimulating innovation, growing our workforce and keeping us competitive in a global economy,” said Laura Albanese, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. “Ontario’s booming construction and agricultural sectors need skilled trades workers to continue growing.  Through immigration we can provide employers in these sectors with the talent they need to prosper and make our province even stronger.”   

A few quick facts:

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

About 25 per cent of Ontario’s 2016 nominees work in the thriving ICT sector. This is more than double the amount suggested by Ontario business leaders and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (10 per cent). 

From 2007-2015, over 3,500 job vacancies were filled through the OINP, benefiting over 260 businesses. 

Posted: Jul 1, 2017

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