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Ontario Meets Intake Limit for Regional Immigration Pilot

Ontario immigration department says it has met its intake limit for the Regional Immigration Pilot, a new program opened for the first time in 2020.

In a more recent announcement, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program said further intake limit forms received this year would be placed under a waiting list.

Candidates will be informed if a spot comes up in 2020, otherwise, applications for the regional immigration pilot would resume in 2021, the province said.

“Any persons remaining on the waitlist for 2020 will be added into the Regional Immigration Pilot intake limit for 2021,” the OINP department statement said.

The pilot program, which falls under the Employer Job Offer category, was designed to use the OINP to bring skilled labor not available locally to smaller Ontario communities.

To be eligible candidates must have a permanent employment offer from one of the following three participating communities:

To qualify candidates must have a permanent employment offer from one of the three participating communities:

  • Chatham-Kent.
  • Cornwall.
  • Quinte West/Belleville.

Candidates must also meet the requirement for one of the Ontario Employer Job Offer streams, namely:

  • Foreign Worker.
  • International Students.
  • In-Demand Skills.

The pilot stream was initially introduced in Dec. 2019 following a consultation period with a number of stakeholders in small Ontario communities. It has an allocation of about 150 nominations.

OINP Regional Immigration Pilot

Participating Communities

  • Chatham-Kent.
  • Cornwall.
  • Quinte Wests/Belleville.

Candidate Requirements

Full-time and permanent employment offer from an employer in one of the participating communities.

Meet the requirements for one of the Employer Job Offer category streams.

Number of Nominations

About 150 Employer Job Offer nominations have been put aside for the pilot.

Employer Job Offer Category Eligibility Requirement

Foreign Worker Stream

To be eligible under this stream, applicants must have:

  • A full-time permanent job offer under NOC 0, A or B that meets the median wage levels for Ontario province, and in a position that is related to the business;
  • For those already working in the job position, the proposed wage must be equal to or greater than the existing wage being paid
  • Two cumulative years of relevant work experience in the last five years before the date of application;
  • Relevant mandatory licensing in Ontario province, if the position so requires;
  • Stays abroad, or be studying, working,  or visiting Canada on a valid permit;
  • Intention to live in Ontario.

International Student Stream

To be eligible under this stream, applicants must have:

  • A full-time permanent job offer under NOC 0, A or B that meets low wage levels for Ontario province, and in a position that is related to the business;
  • For those already working in the job position, the proposed wage must be equal to or greater than the existing wage being paid
    Either
  • Must have graduated or met requirements of a full-time minimum two-year degree from a designated publicly-funded Canadian university or college; OR
  • Graduated or met requirements of a full-time minimum one-year post-graduate diploma program from a publicly-funded university or  Canadian college.
  • Completed at least fifty-percent the studies in Canada;
  • Apply within two years from the date you completed the above course
  • Legal status in Ontario
  • Intention to live in Ontario province

In-Demand Skills Stream

This immigration stream targets candidates with specifically skilled in-demand in Ontario. To be eligible, applicants must have:

  • A full-time permanent job offer under certain occupations in the construction or agriculture sector and meets the median wage in Ontario for the occupation, and in a position that is relevant to the business.
  • For those already working in the position, the proposed wage must be equal or greater than the current wage being paid.
  • Nine (9) months of cumulative work experience in the previous three years in one of the eligible occupations.
  • Experience must be full-time and paid or the equivalent amount in part-time work in Ontario.
  • Seasonal work does not count.
  • The equivalent of Canadian high school education or higher.
  • Valid certificate at the time of application for any claimed work experience that requires it.
  • Minimum CLB/NCLC 4 in French or English in all language competencies.
  • Live abroad, or be studying, working or visiting Canada on a valid permit;
  • Intention to live in Ontario.