Ontario Held its First EOI In-Demand Skills Stream Draw

Ontario PNP invites candidates with job offer

The Canadian province of Ontario held yet another draw to invite a new group of immigration candidates for the first time since its shift to Expression of Interest (EOI) system. 

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Among the invited candidates were those with work experience in health, manufacturing, and agriculture. A total of 54 such immigration candidates were invited. 

Such candidates now have 14 calendar days to apply for a nomination from Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Besides the general draws, OINP also held a Regional Immigration Pilot that invited one immigration candidate and no EOI score requirement. 

Ontario introduced an in-demand skills stream to the new EOI system, last month. 

Qualify for In-demand Skills Stream

Foreign workers with a minimum of nine months of cumulative work experience in Ontario in the last three years can apply. Part-time work may be eligible if the candidate completed the required number of work hours equal to 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.

Candidates are also required to have a language score of at least 4 in all proficiencies. Proof of sufficient settlement funds is also required to be disclosed. 

The OINP scoring system is different depending on which stream you apply for. Typically, registered candidates are required to maintain an EOI profile based on a number of human capital factors like age, education, skills level, work experience, and language proficiency. The province also allocates 10 points at its discretion to respond to labour market needs.

The detailed occupations under the National Occupation Classification (NOC) that were invited in this PNP draw: 

Health and agricultural occupations Manufacturing (outside Greater Toronto Area only)
  • NOC 3413 – nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • NOC 4412 – home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
  • NOC 8431 – general farm workers
  • NOC 8432 – nursery and greenhouse workers
  • NOC 8611 – harvesting labourers
  • NOC 9462 – industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
  • NOC 9411 – machine operators, mineral and metal processing
  • NOC 9416 – metalworking and forging machine operators
  • NOC 9417 – machining tool operators
  • NOC 9418 – other metal products machine operators
  • NOC 9421 – chemical plant machine operators
  • NOC 9422 – plastics processing machine operators
  • NOC 9437 – woodworking machine operators
  • NOC 9446 – industrial sewing machine operators
  • NOC 9461 – process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
  • NOC 9523 – electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
  • NOC 9526 – mechanical assemblers and inspectors
  • NOC 9536 – industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
  • NOC 9537 – other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

There are other immigration streams under OINP that allow immigration for higher-skilled occupations, international graduates and business entrepreneurs. You can apply with CanApprove to improve your chances of qualifying for Canadian immigration. 

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility. 

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