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|
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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:
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|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 114||Other administrative services managers||114|
|NOC 4163||Business development officers, marketing researchers, consultants||103|
|All other occupations||3,758|
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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.
|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|
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.
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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