Ontario expands provincial nominee program

Ontario will welcome more economic immigrants to the province this year, after the Canadian Government increased Ontario’s 2018 provincial nomination allocation to 6,600.

Ontario’s provincial nominee allocation is now the largest in the country. It has increased in size by 20 per cent since 2016.

Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offers pathways to permanent residence for international students, internationally educated professionals, skilled and in-demand workers, entrepreneurs and Francophones.

The program allows the province to nominate skilled immigrants whose professional and educational skills meet Ontario’s current labour market needs for permanent residence.

The OINP is now accepting applications to the following streams:

– Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream;

– Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream;

– Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream;

– Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream;

– Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream;

– Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream;

– Corporate Stream; and

– Entrepreneur Stream.

“Ontario’s economy encompasses a dynamic mix of sectors which require skilled workers,” said Laura Albanese, the province’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. “The increase in our 2018 provincial nominee allocation means that Ontario will be able to welcome more immigrants with the skills and education to meet our labour market needs and deliver sustained growth to the provincial economy.”

Helping newcomers thrive and succeed is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Article published 25th January 2018