The province of Ontario will create a new immigration stream for tech workers and a new immigration pilot initiative to attract highly skilled immigrants to smaller communities around the province. This was announced on April 11 in its 2019 budget.
“The province is responding to the needs of Ontario’s employers by attracting the skilled workers they need through enhancements to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP),” the budget says.
Dedicated stream for tech workers
A dedicated stream for tech workers is created to help Ontario’s technology sector to attract highly skilled employees. The new immigration stream would feed Ontario's booming tech sector in cities such as Toronto, Ottawa, and Waterloo.
The OINP has targeted foreign tech workers in the past through its Human Capital Priorities Stream. The stream is linked to the federal Express Entry System which manages the pool of applicants under three economic immigration categories- Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trade Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Immigration Pilot for smaller communities
The government will also begin a pilot initiative “to explore innovative approaches to bring highly skilled immigrants” to smaller communities around the province. The pilot project main purpose is to “spread the benefits of immigration to smaller communities.”
The proposed pilot program of Ontario will be similar to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), a joint federal-provincial initiative that allows designated employers in Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces to recruit skilled foreign workers for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally.
Additionally, Canada recently unveiled a Northern and Rural Immigration Pilot similar to the AIPP that will help small or isolated communities in provinces and territories outside Atlantic Canada to recruit foreign workers.
More occupations will be added in-demand occupations
Ontario's new budget also seeks to include truck drivers and personal support workers under the occupations that are eligible for the OINP's Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
Along with other criteria, the stream allows Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program to nominate foreign workers with a permanent and full-time job offer from an Ontario employer in one of the eligible occupations stream listed on National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level C or D to live and work permanently.
The Ontario province also promised to “recalibrate” investment and net worth thresholds for the OINP’s Entrepreneur Stream. The government said by doing this, Ontario will become more competitive with other provinces and expand the province’s base of prospective candidates.
The current minimum net worth under the stream’s eligibility requirements varies depending on where the business will be located.
The budget calls on Canada’s Federal Government to ensure the ONP’s annual allocation through Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program is “fair.”
The OINP’s 2019 allocation is 6,900 which fell short of Ontario’s request for an allocation of 7,600 nominations. The allocation represents a small part of annual immigration to Ontario that totals 137,410 newcomers in 2018.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is the pathway towards permanent residency of Canada that allows skilled and qualified workers to come and settle on a permanent basis. To know more in this regard, it is suggested to connect with visa and immigration experts of Aptech Global. One of the experts will soon contact you to discuss the Canada PR query.
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