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Ontario PNP Invites Candidates of Health, Agriculture, and Manufacturing

Ontario province is holding its second In-Demand Skills Stream draw through its Expression of Interest system.

Ontario PNP Invites Candidates of Health, Agriculture, and Manufacturing.

On August 11, Ontario province invited 48 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Under its new intake system, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held its second-ever In-Demand Skills stream draw.

The new Expression of Interest (EOI) system in Ontario replaces the old first-come, first-served model, and allows interested candidates to register at any time for a chance to receive an invitation from Ontario.

In other words, they must “express their interest” in applying for a provincial nomination through the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

This draw had no minimum score requirement. 

In order to be invited, candidates must be eligible for the In-Demand Skills stream and have job offers in the following occupations, which are listed by sector and in alphabetical order by National Occupational Classification (NOC) code:

Health and agricultural occupations:

  • NOC 3413 – nurse aide, orderlies and patient service associates
  • ” ” ” 4412 – home support worker and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
  • ” ” ” 8431 – general farmworker
  • ” ” ” 8432 – nursery and greenhouse workers
  • ” ” ” 8611 – harvesting laborer
  • ” ” ” 9462 – industrial butcher and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

Manufacturing (outside the Greater Toronto Area only):

  • NOC 9411 – machine operator, mineral and metal processing
  • ” ” ” 9416 – metalworking and forging machine operators
  • ” ” ” 9417 – machining tool operator
  • ” ” ” 9418 – other metal products machine operator
  • ” ” ” 9421 – chemical plant machine operators
  • ” ” ” 9422 – plastics processing machine operators
  • ” ” ” 9437 – woodworking machine operator
  • ” ” ” 9446 – industrial sewing machine operators
  • ” ” ” 9461 – process control and machine operator, food, beverage and associated products processing
  • ” ” ” 9523 – electronics assembler, fabricators, inspectors and testers
  • ” ” ” 9526 – mechanical assemblers and inspector
  • NOC 9536 – industrial painter, coaters and metal finishing process operators
  • NOC 9537 – other products assemblers, finisher and inspectors

Immigration candidates who received an invitation today have 14 days to apply for a provincial nomination, which will support their permanent residency application.

About In-demand Occupation Skill Stream

This immigration program prioritizes provincial demand over occupation skill level.

Many immigration programs target occupations deemed “highly skilled” by the government. Nonetheless, Ontario continues to face labor shortages in “low skilled” occupations.

Enter the In-Demand Skills stream. Foreign skilled workers with eligible job offers in Ontario can apply for a nomination if they have at least nine months of cumulative work experience in Ontario in the last three years.

Seasonal work experience does not count toward meeting the work requirement.

If the candidate completed the required number of work hours, part-time work may be eligible.

The number of work hours must equal either 1,200 hours of paid employment in one job over the course of 18 months.

Alternatively, for those who worked more than one job, it would entail working at least 30 hours per week for nine months, for a total of 1,200 hours.

There are a few more requirements for eligibility.

Candidates must, among other things, have a high school diploma, a language score of at least 4 in all proficiencies, and sufficient settlement funds.

List of in-demand occupations

NOC Code Occupation
3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associate
4412 Home support worker and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
7441 Residential and commercial installer and servicers
7511 Transport truck driver
7521 Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
8431 General farmworker
8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers
8611 Harvesting labourer
7611 Construction trades helper and labourers
9462 Industrial butcher, meat cutters, poultry preparers, related workers

Available only to candidates outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

NOC Code Occupation
9411 Machine operator, mineral and metal processing
9416 Metalworking and forging machine operators
9417 Machining tool operator
9418 Other metal product machine operators
9421 Chemical plant machine operator
9422 Plastic processing machine operators
9437 Woodworking machine operators
9446 Industrial sewing machine operator
9461 Process control and machine operator, food, beverage and associated products processing
9523 Electronics assemblers, fabricator, inspectors and testers
9526 Mechanical assembler and inspectors
9536 Industrial painters, coater and metal finishing process operators
9537 Other products assembler, finishers and inspectors

How do you get points for Ontario immigration?

Ontario rates EOI profiles according to a set of human capital criteria that the province has determined are essential in identifying immigrants with the ability to succeed.

Your job offer’s skill level, as well as your Canadian work experience, get you points.

Depending on whatever stream you apply for, the OINP scoring methodology differs.

It considers your education, wages, official language proficiency, and the location in which you study or work, in addition to your skill level and job experience.

In addition, the province has the option of allocating 10 points to respond to labor market needs.