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Posted on August 16 2022

Ontario nominated 9,000 candidates in 2021 mostly from India and China

By  Editor
Updated January 18 2024

Highlights of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program in 2021

  • India and China are considered to be the two major assets for sending immigrants to Ontario during the last year.
  • Around 9,000 immigrants have been nominated by the Central Canada province through Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
  • The federal government permits an additional 400 nomination spaces to fill by end of the year for Ontario, by considering the initial allocation done by Ontario.
  • Around 25 percent of nominations were cited under a job offer or work experience in a high-tech occupation like Computer programming, IT system analysts, technology consultants, software engineers, designers, etc.

Ontario nominated 9,000 candidates in 2021

The central Canadian province nominated around 9,000 immigrants through Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). As per the sources, Indian and China served as the two biggest sources of Immigrants to Ontario.

The Federal government has allocated 8,350 nominations for a provincial nomination in 2021. And the other 250 nominations were allotted to Ontario using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Level C Pilot, a federal-provincial alliance to elevate routes of permanent residence for low-skilled workers with job offers and in-demand occupations.

In addition to this, the federal government permitted Ontario an extra 400 nomination spaces, which have to be filled by the year-end. On the whole, Ontario was able to nominate around 9000 applications under OINP, which includes 250 applicants using the NOC C pilot.

By 2021, India and China are major resources for sending immigrants to Ontario, which sums up to 6,068, which is around a total of 67.4 %. The following table depicts the number of nominees and the country names that were nominated to Ontario under OINP in 2021.

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Country name Number of nominees in 2021
India 4,332
China 1,736
Nigeria 438
Pakistan 211
Brazil 210
South Koreans 139
Iranians 116
Moroccans 114
Portuguese 100
Other countries 1496
Total 9,008

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The provincial government has released a statement that OINP has experienced a large number of nominations in technology-related occupations in 2021. Around 25% of nominations were involving individuals who have either work experience or a job offer in a high-tech occupation, which includes:

  • Software engineers and designers
  • Computer programmers
  • Interactive media developers
  • IT systems analysts
  • Technology consultants

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Software Engineer occupation tops the list of Top 20 Jobs that nominated by the OINP in 2021

National Occupational Classification (NOC) Occupations Number of nominations
NOC 2173 Software engineers and designers 792
NOC 124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers 482
NOC 1111 Financial auditors and accountants 382
NOC 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers 374
NOC 6311 Food service supervisors 353
NOC 7511 Transport truckdrivers 325
NOC 2172 Database analysts and data administrators 319
NOC 1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting 267
NOC 601 Corporate sales managers 258
NOC 213 Computer and information systems managers 252
NOC 1121 Human resources professionals 186
NOC 122 Banking, credit and other investment managers 183
NOC 2175 Web designers and developers 167
NOC 1112 Financial and investment analysts 164
NOC 1241 Administrative assistants 148
NOC 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 133
NOC 1215 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations 122
NOC 6322 Cooks 118
NOC 114 Other administrative services managers 114
NOC 4163 Business development officers, marketing researchers, consultants 103
All other occupations 3,758
Grand total 9,000

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Foreign nationals under OINP

In 2021, Ontario employed foreign nationals to fulfill the acute labor shortages in skilled trades and healthcare sectors. Approximately, 15% of nominees had work experience in skills with around 800 nominations which were made using the programs like Employer Job Offer. Under this, the Foreign Worker stream and an In-Demand skills streams were considered.

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In the year 2021, the top skilled trades’ occupations of nominees were recorded as truck drivers for transport, machinists, tooling inspectors, cooks, carpenters, and bricklayers. Apart from these, the OINP nominated 100+ healthcare workers in the same year which includes around 50 personnel support workers.

Third Of Nominees Under OINP Came Through The Human Capital Priorities Stream

Stream Number of nominations
Employer Job Offer: International Student stream 1,240
Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream 540
Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream 1,705
PhD Graduate stream 212
Masters Graduate stream 1,202
Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades stream 177
Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream 3,513
Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream 410
Entrepreneur stream 1
Grand total 9,000


OINP Regional Immigration Pilot - A pilot program with two years of validity

A two-year validated pilot program i.e., OINP Regional Immigration Pilot is been launched in 2020, in order to support the employers in three communities that are outside the Greater Toronto Area and to bring skilled labor to address the current labor shortages.

Based on the reports, this pilot program has been a huge success with 226 nominations despite the program's release during the pandemic. The OINP will be processing the remaining application and is estimated to reach 300 nominations for the two-year pilot.

Apart from this program also exceeded the 5% target for immigrating to francophone, by issuing 5.3% or 480 nominations to foreign individuals with high proficiency in the French language. Most of these nominations were either under the French-speaking skilled worker stream or the Human Capital Priorities stream.

OINP’s Entrepreneur stream

Under the OINP’s Entrepreneur stream, two entrepreneurs were nominated and another 32 applicants are under the compliance testing process by end of 2022, this includes 9 applicants who are living in Ontario and currently working on the establishment of their business. These 32 Entrepreneur stream candidates are estimated to be investing over $25.2 million and are ready to recruit 133 Ontarians, which results in business establishments in the province. Other new 63 applications are under processing, which was acquired in 2020 and 2021.

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Also Read: Ontario Moving Forward With Pilot to Welcome 100 New Entrepreneurs

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