Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allows the province of Ontario to double its annual intake figures to over 18,000 by 2025. The intake target in 2022 was 9,750 nominations. But with the increased immigration intake targets, Alberta will now look to welcome:
- 16,500 nominations in 2023,
- No target published for 2024 nominations,
- 18,361 nominations in 2025.
Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) published its provisional allocations for the next three years after the federal government allowed other PNP to roll out a Multi-Year Allocation Plan for the first time. Ontario’s 2023 allocation represents 36% of the national allocation of provincial nominees.
“From 9,000 immigration spots in 2021 to over 18,000 in 2025, (this) announcement is a significant win for the people of Ontario and will help us control our economic destiny by selecting more of the skilled immigrants we know are well-placed to succeed and build stronger communities for all of us,”
- Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.
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High Demand for Skilled Workers in Health Care, Technology, and Skilled Trades Occupations
The east-central Canadian province of Ontario reported nearly 300,000 vacant jobs position in December 2022. With the increased allocations, the province expects to select more of the workers needed to fill gaps in industries like skilled trades, technology, and health care.
“Increasing the province’s allocation of economic immigrants under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will help address labor shortages and ensure businesses find employees with the right skills. Our thanks to the Governments of Canada and Ontario for their continued action to support our ability to attract talent to the province.”
– Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
The new Multi-Year Allocation Plan aims to attract top talent and investment to the province by
- Optimising the nomination process for OINP applicants with an expression of interest system
- Attracting and retaining more foreign skilled workers in regional areas of Ontario
How to Obtain Canada PR Via Ontario PNP?
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program allows the province to nominate individuals for Canadian permanent residence. Ontario PNP can be thought of as a two-step immigration. First, you have to get the nomination, then you apply for immigration.
You can do this either through the federal Express Entry system (for skilled workers with TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 occupations) or through Ontario’s own Expression of Interest (EOI) system.
Qualify for Ontario PNP using the EOI system
The Ontario PNPs that invite people that use Ontario’s EOI system include:
- Master’s Graduate: For people who graduated with a Master’s degree from an Ontario post-secondary within the past two years.
- Ph.D. Graduate: For people who graduated with a Ph.D. degree from an Ontario post-secondary within the past two years.
- International Student: For international student graduates with job offers.
- Foreign Worker: For skilled workers with job offers.
- In-Demand Skills: For workers in in-demand occupations with job offers.
Qualify for Ontario Express Entry Stream
The Ontario PNPs that invite people from the federal Express Entry pool include:
- Human Capital Priorities: No job offer required, calls for one year of work experience in targeted occupations.
- French-Speaking Skilled Worker: For people with English and French language proficiency.
- Skilled Trades: For skilled trades workers.
To qualify under Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, you must meet all the requirements concerning work experience, education, language, settlement funds, and intention to live in Ontario.
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