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Ontario planning to fill immigrant spaces



After more than a month, Ontario has held its first round of invites under the Employer Job Offer category. On December 7, Ontario returned with a bang, calling 1,186 immigrant candidates to file for a provincial candidacy.

Candidates with profiles in the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s (OINP) Expression of Interest (EOI) system were invited to apply. The outcomes were as follows:


Foreign Worker Stream

General – In this category, 470 candidates with a minimum score of 37 were invited

Targeted draw for Regional Immigration Pilot candidates – a total of 33 candidates, were invited 


International Student Stream  

General – In this category, 583 candidates with a minimum score of 62 were invited

Targeted draw for Regional Immigration Pilot candidates – 37 applicants were invited


In-Demand Skills Stream         

Targeted draw for well-being, manufacturing, and agricultural occupations – 53 applicants were invited

Targeted draw for Regional Immigration Pilot candidates – 10 candidates were invited


These individuals may also be qualified for one of three streams under the Employer Job Offer Category: Foreign Worker, International Student, or In-Demand Skills. In addition, some invitations were sent to applicants who had enrolled for the Regional Immigration Pilot.

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Candidates invited under the Employer Job Offer were required to have work experience under the following NOC codes for the in-demand skills stream:


Health and agricultural occupations:

NOC 3413 – nurse aides, orderlies, and affected person service associates

NOC 4412 – house help employees and associated occupations, excluding housekeepers


NOC 8431 – common farm employees

NOC 8432 – nursery and greenhouse employees

NOC 8611 – harvesting labourers


NOC 9462 – industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers, and associated employees

Manufacturing (exterior the GTA solely):

NOC 9411 – machine operators, mineral and metallic processing


NOC 9416 – metalworking and forging machine operators

NOC 9417 – machining software operators

NOC 9418 – different metallic merchandise machine operators


NOC 9421 – chemical plant machine operators

NOC 9422 – plastics processing machine operators

NOC 9437 – woodworking machine operators


NOC 9446 – industrial stitching machine operators

NOC 9461 – course of management and machine operators, meals, beverage, and related merchandise processing

NOC 9523 – electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors, and testers


NOC 9526 – mechanical assemblers and inspectors

NOC 9536 – industrial painters, coaters, and metallic ending course of operators

NOC 9537 – different merchandise assemblers, finishers, and inspectors


Ontario looking to call a greater number of immigrants

Every year, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) distribute a certain number of nominations to the provinces and territories that operate Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

In 2021, Ontario received an allotment of 8,350 nominations plus an additional 250 nominations for temporary foreign workers in intermediate expert professions, NOC Skill Level C.


Ontario had issued 8,600 nominations as of November 10, 2021. However, in an October interview, Ontario’s immigration minister, Monte McNaughton, told CIC Times that the province is requesting the federal government to quadruple its allotment for the next year.

Ontario recently passed the Working for Workers Act, which, among other things, would aid immigrant workers to integrate into regulated businesses outside of the health care sector. In addition, it would restrict regulatory authorities from needing Canadian work knowledge, eliminate the requirement to take a language exam for licensing, and speed up the licensing procedure, particularly in emergency situations.

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