Ontario Launches In-Demand Skills Stream | Canada Immigration News

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has launched a new stream for candidates with a job offer from an Ontario employer in one of seven occupations identified as in-demand in the province.

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Program Requirements

WORK EXPERIENCE: At least 12 months of cumulative work experience in Ontario in the past 36 months in an occupation with the same NOC code as the job offer.

EDUCATION: At least secondary education credentials. If you earned your credentials outside of Canada, you must get an Educational Credential Assessment report.

LANGUAGE: You must have at least CLB 4 in all four abilities in English or French.

FUNDSYou must have enough funds to support yourself and your family in Ontario.

OTHER: If your job offer is in an occupation that is regulated in Ontario, you must hold a valid license or certification at the time you submit the application.

In-Demand Occupation

NOC GroupGroup Title
633Butchers and bakers
72Industrial, electrical and construction trades
73Maintenance and equipment operation trades
82Supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production

The newly launched Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is not aligned with the federal Express Entry system. As long as the program is open, candidates who meet all program criteria can apply and successful applicants will receive a provincial nomination for immigration. Once you receive a provincial nomination, you need to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canadian permanent residence.

The majority of the in-demand occupations listed are in agriculture and construction, and all of them are National Occupation Classification (NOC) Skill Level C or D. Since you need to have worked in Ontario for at least one year in one of these occupations in order to be eligible, it seems this stream is the OINP’s attempt to provide Temporary Foreign Workers with a pathway to permanent residence.

It’s likely that the list of in-demand occupations will be updated depending on Ontario’s labour market needs, like it is for similar programs in Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.

The program is open as of August 21, 2017, but Ontario has a limited number of nominations it can issue each year. Once the limit is reached, the program will close. If you’re eligible to apply, you should do so as soon as possible. If your occupation isn’t on the list but you’re otherwise eligible, it’s possible that it could be added in the future, so keep an eye on our blog for updates.

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