Ontario immigration conducted its first-ever In-Demand Skills stream draw under its new intake system. It invited 54 foreign workers with scores of at least 11.
Ontario has invited immigration applicants to file for a provincial nomination less than three weeks after introducing the In-Demand Skills stream to the new Expression of Interest (EOI) system.
In the general draw, Ontario invited 54 candidates with a minimum score of 11 to participate.
A draw for the Regional Immigration Pilot was also held by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
Only one candidate was chosen. This stream does not have an EOI score requirement.
For the following occupations, invited immigration candidates needed work experience, listed by sector in order of their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code.
Health and agricultural occupations:
- NOC 3413 – orderlies, nurse aides, and patient service associates
- ” ” ” 4412 – home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeeper
- ” ” ” 8431 – general farm workers
- NOC 8432 – nursery and greenhouse worker
- ” ” ” 8611 – harvesting labourers
- NOC 9462 – industrial butcher and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
Manufacturing (outside Greater Toronto Area only):
- NOC 9411 – machine operator, mineral and metal processing
- NOC 9416 – metalworking and forging machine operators
- ” ” ” 9417 – machining tool operator
- ” ” ” 9418 – other metal products machine operators
- ” ” ” 9421 – chemical plant machine operator
- ” ” ” 9422 – plastics processing machine operator
- ” ” ” 9437 – woodworking machine operators
- ” ” ” 9446 – industrial sewing machine operator
- ” ” ” 9461 – process control and machine operator, food, beverage and associated products processing
- ” ” ” 9523 – electronics assembler, fabricators, inspectors and testers
- NOC 9526 – mechanical assembler and inspectors
- ” ” ” 9536 – industrial painter, coaters and metal finishing process operators
- NOC 9537 – other products assemblers, finisher and inspectors
Candidates who have been invited to apply for a nomination from Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program now have fourteen calendar days to do so (PNP).
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About the In-Demand Skills Stream for foreign workers
This immigration program places a greater emphasis on provincial demand than on occupational skill levels.
Many government-designated “high-skilled” vocations are the focus of many immigration initiatives. Despite this, Ontario continues to face labor shortages in “low skilled” occupations.
Many immigration streams target occupations that the government considers to be “high skilled.”
Despite this, Ontario continues to face labor shortages in “low skilled” occupations.
To Enter the In-Demand Skills stream, foreign workers with job offers in Ontario can apply for a nomination in the in-demand stream, with nine months of cumulative work experience in the province within the past three years.
Seasonal work is ineligible for meeting the work requirement. If the candidate fulfilled the required number of work hours, part-time work may be acceptable.
However, part-time work may be eligible if the candidate fulfilled the required number of work hours.
Over a period of 18 months, the number of work hours must match either 1,200 hours of paid employment in one job.
Alternatively, for candidates with multiple jobs, it would need working at least 30 hours per week for nine months, for a total of 1,200 hours.
There are a few further eligibility requirements.
Generally, foreign workers must, among other things, have a high school diploma, a language score of at least 4 in all proficiencies, and appropriate settlement funds.
Ontario PNP Occupation In Demand List 2021
|3413||Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates|
|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 farm worker|
|8432||Nursery and greenhouse workers|
|7611||Construction trades helper and labourers|
|9462||Industrial butchers, meat cutters, poultry preparer, related workers|
Open only to candidates outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
|9411||Machine operator, mineral and metal processing|
|9416||Metalworking and forging machine operators|
|9417||Machining tool operators|
|9418||Other metal product machine operators|
|9421||Chemical plant machine operators|
|9422||Plastics processing machine operator|
|9437||Woodworking machine operators|
|9446||Industrial sewing machine operator|
|9461||Process control and machine operator, food, beverage and associated products processing|
|9523||Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspector and testers|
|9526||Mechanical assembler and inspectors|
|9536||Industrial painters, coater and metal finishing process operators|
|9537||Other product assemblers, finishers and inspectors|
What is the Regional Immigration Pilot?
Despite being the most popular destination for new immigrants, Ontario, like the rest of Canada, struggles to attract newcomers to rural communities.
The Regional Immigration Pilot was introduced to help address labor shortages in some of these communities.
In 2021, the province will be able to distribute 150 nominations to three rural communities: Chatham-Kent, Cornwall, and Quinte West/Belleville.
These municipalities indicated to the province that they had skilled labor shortages and the ability to assist newcomers in settling in.
If you are qualified for any of the OINP Employer Job Offer streams and your full-time job offer is in one of the participating rural communities, you may be able to obtain a provincial nomination through the pilot.
There are three types of Employer Job Offers:
- Foreign Workers Stream, is for workers having a skilled employment offer in Ontario;
- International Student Stream is for international students with skilled job offers;
- In-Demand Skills Stream is for workers in occupations where there are labor shortages in Ontario.
Any nomination through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a huge asset when filing for Canadian immigration.
PNPs show the federal government that this applicant is committed to meeting regional labor market demands.
The federal government has the final word in all Canadian immigration applications, but provincial nominees are approved for permanent residency in the vast majority of cases.
The pilot will run for two years before it is reviewed. Depending on how well it performs, it may be prolonged or discontinued.
How foreign workers can acquire points for Ontario immigration?
Ontario assesses EOI profiles according to a set of human capital factors that the province has determined are significant in identifying immigrants with the ability to succeed.
You acquire points for the skill level of your job offer as well as your Canadian work experience.
The OINP scoring system differs, depending on which stream you apply for.
It considers your wage, education, official language proficiency, and the place in which you study or work, in addition to your skill level and job experience.
Furthermore, the province has the option of allocating 10 points to respond to labor market demands.