A total of 13731 candidates, comprising 7400 principal applicants and their spouses and dependents, received nominations from Ontario in 2019. Though Ontario’s initial allocation for year was 6650, the nominations were exhausted by December 2019 itself and the federal government made an additional allocation 700 later. As the demand for nomination from Ontario increases as ever, the province is putting pressure on the federal government to raise the nomination allocation for it to more than 13000 by 2022.
The Ontario Immigrants Nominee Program(OINP) released a statement regarding the immigration nominations in 2019 recently, which says: “It is crucial that Ontario’s provincial nominee program grows significantly over the coming years in order to respond to employers’ most pressing labour market needs and support economic development and job creation in Ontario.”
Ontario issued the highest number of nominations in 2019 through the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream. The 2710 nominations issued through the stream constituted 37 per cent of the total number of nominations issued in the year. Another 1347 nominations were issued through the Employer Job Offer: International Student stream, while 1195 nominations were issued through the Employer Job Offer:
Foreign Worker stream. The nominations issued through these three streams constituted more than 70 percent of the total nominations issued by Ontario in 2019.
A high number of tech immigration candidates received nominations from Ontario in 2019, with the province launching tech draws through the Human Capital Priorities Stream in the same year. One third of all the nominations issued by Ontario went to candidates who had either a job offer or work experience in a tech-related occupation. Software engineers and designers received the most number of nominations, 935 in total. They were followed by computer programmers and interactive media developers, who received 598 nominations. Ontario is likely to issue a high number of nominations to IT workers in the current year too.
Of the total nominations issued by Ontario last year, 6.1 percent went to Francophone candidates. As Quebec has reduced its immigration levels, more and more Francophone candidates are exploring opportunities in other provinces. Majority of the nominations to Francophone candidates were issued through French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and Human Capital Priorities Stream.
Nearly half of the nominations issued by Ontario in 2019 went to Indian candidates, 3587 nominations in total. Chinese came second with 1351 nominations. In 2019, Ontario issued nominations to candidates from more than 130 countries.
More than a third of the total nominations issued by Ontario in 2019 went to those candidates who had a job offer. Among those who received nominations, more than 96 percent had a post-secondary degree. The language proficiency level of more than half of the nominated candidates was equal to or above Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 7 in English or French.
Ontario nominations had a high demand in 2019 and many OINP had to pause many of its streams throughout the year. The Ontario Masters Graduate Stream remained open only for two days. The Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream remained open for 116 days, while the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream was open for 143 days. Other streams remained open throughout the years.
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