After adding the In-Demand Skills stream to the new Expression of Interest (EOI) system less than three weeks ago, Ontario has urged immigration applicants to submit for a provincial nomination. The province has yet to release the exact number of invitations and the EOI score cutoff.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program also invited candidates who had registered for the Regional Immigration Pilot (OINP). The following vocations were among the invitees in this stream, listed by sector and in order of their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code.
Health and agricultural occupations:
- NOC 3413 – nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
- NOC 4412 – home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
- NOC 8431 – general farm workers
- NOC 8432 – nursery and greenhouse workers
- NOC 8611 – harvesting labourers
- NOC 9462 – industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
Manufacturing (outside Greater Toronto Area only):
- NOC 9411 – machine operators, mineral and metal processing
- NOC 9416 – metalworking and forging machine operators
- NOC 9417 – machining tool operators
- NOC 9418 – other metal products machine operators
- NOC 9421 – chemical plant machine operators
- NOC 9422 – plastics processing machine operators
- NOC 9437 – woodworking machine operators
- NOC 9446 – industrial sewing machine operators
- NOC 9461 – process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
- NOC 9523 – electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
- NOC 9526 – mechanical assemblers and inspectors
- NOC 9536 – industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
- NOC 9537 – other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors
Invited candidates now have 14 calendar days to apply for a nomination from Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
About the Stream of In-Demand Skills
Regional demand is given more weight in this immigration policy than occupational skill levels. Many immigration schemes are centred on government-designated “high-skilled” occupations. Despite this, there are still labour shortages in “low skilled” occupations in Ontario.
Enter the In-Demand Skills Stream. Foreign workers with qualified employment offers in Ontario can apply for a nomination if they have nine months of total work experience in the province within the previous three years. Seasonal work does not count toward the work requirement.
Part-time job may be accepted if the individual completed the required number of work hours. The number of labour hours must equal either 1,200 hours of paid employment in one position over the course of 18 months.
Working at least 30 hours each week for nine months, for a total of 1,200 hours, would be required for persons with multiple jobs.
There are a few more requirements to meet in order to be eligible. Candidates must have a high school diploma, a language score of at least 4 in all proficiencies, and adequate settlement finances, among other requirements.
List of in-demand occupations
|3413||Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates|
|4412||Home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers|
|7441||Residential and commercial installers and servicers|
|7511||Transport truck drivers|
|7521||Heavy equipment operators (except crane)|
|8431||General farm workers|
|8432||Nursery and greenhouse workers|
|7611||Construction trades helpers and labourers|
|9462||Industrial butchers, meat cutters, poultry preparers, related workers|
Available only to candidates outside the Greater Toronto Area
|9411||Machine operators, mineral and metal processing|
|9416||Metalworking and forging machine operators|
|9417||Machining tool operators|
|9418||Other metal products machine operators|
|9421||Chemical plant machine operators|
|9422||Plastics processing machine operators|
|9437||Woodworking machine operators|
|9446||Industrial sewing machine operators|
|9461||Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing|
|9523||Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers|
|9526||Mechanical assemblers and inspectors|
|9536||Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators|
|9537||Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors|
What is the Regional Immigration Pilot, and how does it work?
Ontario, like the rest of Canada, struggles to recruit newcomers to rural areas despite being the most preferred destination for new immigrants.
The Regional Immigration Pilot was designed to help ease labour shortages in certain of these communities. The province will have 150 nominations to allocate in 2021 to three rural areas: Chatham-Kent, Cornwall, and Quinte West/Belleville.
These towns told the province that they were short on qualified labour and lacked the expertise to help newcomers settle in.
If you are eligible for any of the OINP Employer Work Offer streams and your full-time work offer is in one of the participating locations, you may be eligible for a provincial nomination through the pilot.
There are three types of Employer Job Offers:
Any nomination through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a big benefit when applying for Canadian immigration. PNPs demonstrate to the federal government that this applicant is serious about satisfying regional labour market demands.
In all Canadian immigration matters, the federal government has the final say, however provincial nominees are granted for permanent status in the vast majority of situations.
The project will run for two years before being evaluated. It may be continued or withdrawn, depending on how well it functions.
How can you earn points for immigration to Ontario?
Ontario assesses EOI profiles using a set of human capital factors that the ministry has decided are important in identifying successful immigrants. The skill level of your employment offer, as well as your Canadian work experience, will earn you points.
The OINP scoring methodology varies depending on whatever stream you apply for. In addition to your skill level and job experience, it evaluates your wage, education, official language ability, and the location where you study or work. Furthermore, the province has the option of allocating 10 points to meet labour market demands.