Ontario is among the most populous province in east-central Canada. The capital city of Ottawa is densely populated with skilled immigrants, however, the province is dealing with acute labor shortages in several sectors.
In order to address the growing concerns, the government of Ontario has identified entry barriers to filling vacant jobs, thereby making it easier for other newcomers to work in regulated fields like Nursing and Engineering in Canada. Here are the top five announcements from the provincial government of Ontario to address the labor shortage in the province and boost immigration to Canada.
- Ontario Professional Engineers (PEO), the apex body for licensing of engineering professionals in Canada, has now removed the Canadian work experience requirement for overseas skilled Engineers.
- Ontario eases accreditation for newcomers in regulated professions, such as nursing, by adjusting language proficiency policies.
- The recently passed provincial legislation will allow nurses from other Canadian jurisdictions to work in the province without having to register with the applicable health regulatory colleges. Further, Internationally educated nurses may register in a temporary class and begin working sooner while they work towards full registration.
- Ontario will invest $342 million over the next five years in improving the Canadian immigration of nurses.
- IRCC has doubled the immigration allocations for Ontario PNP to over 18,000 annual intakes by 2025.
Not just experienced professionals, but young international students who are planning on studying abroad may choose Canada.
A recent report noted that over 30% of international students who got Canadian bachelor’s degrees and almost 50% of international students who graduated with master’s degrees became permanent residents (PR) within 10 years since they got their study permit.
How will it Boost Immigration to Canada?
Minister McNaughton says removing the Canadian work experience requirement for engineers in Ontario will help qualified professionals enter the profession they are trained for.
Roydon Fraser, president of Ontario Professional Engineers said that 60% of the license applications received each year are from internationally trained engineers. He says that removing the Canadian work experience requirement will ensure that qualified international engineers will be licensed more quickly.
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Canada Immigration Programs for Engineers & Nurses
Canada is eyeing welcoming nearly 1.5 million new immigrants in the next three years. Over 60% of the said target is expected to be achieved with the help of economic-class immigration programs.
Some of the most prominent provincial immigration pathways for internationally-trained Engineers in Canada are:
- Ontario Tech Pilot
- British Columbia Tech Program
- Alberta Express Entry stream
- Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas stream
- Saskatchewan Occupation-In demand
Here is a list of some of the PNP pathways for nurses.
- Ontario invites nurses to apply through its Human Capital Priorities Stream.
- British Columbia offers a Healthcare Professional category under its Skills Immigration and Express Entry pathways.
- Saskatchewan has recently launched an International Health Worker EOI pool specifically for nurses.
- Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream occasionally holds draws inviting nurses to apply for a provincial nomination.
- New Brunswick’s Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) program is a pathway for foreign nurses who can speak English or French
Foreign skilled workers even without any work experience inside Canada may stand a chance to qualify for permanent residency through the Express Entry system. It will depend upon their age, education, work experience outside Canada, and language proficiency in English or French.
Otherwise, a provincial nomination after gaining adequate work experience in Canada can quicken your process of obtaining permanent residency.
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