Ontario held its first-ever Required skills tap into its new intake system.
Less than three weeks after the introduction of the In-Demand Skills stream in the new Expression of Interest (EOI) system, Ontario invited immigrant applicants to apply for a provincial appointment. The province has yet to release the exact number of invitations, nor the threshold for their EOI score.
the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (POCI) also invited applicants registered for the regional immigration pilot project. The candidates invited in this stream had work experience in one of the following professions, classified by sector in the order of their National occupational classification (CNP).
Health and agriculture professions:
- NOC 3413 – Nursing aides, orderlies and patient service workers
- CNP 4412 – Home help and related personnel, excluding domestic helpers
- NOC 8431 – general farm workers
- NOC 8432 – Nursery and greenhouse workers
- NOC 8611 – Harvesting laborers
- CNP 9462 – industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related occupations
Manufacturing (outside of the Greater Toronto Area only):
- NOC 9411 – machine operators, minerals and metals processing
- NOC 9416 – Metalworking and Forging Machine Operators
- CNP 9417 – machining tool operators
- NOC 9418 – other metal product machine operators
- NOC 9421 – Chemical Plant Machine Operators
- NOC 9422 – Plastics processing machine operators
- NOC 9437 – Woodworking machine operators
- NOC 9446 – Industrial sewing machine operators
- NOC 9461 – Machine and process control operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
- NOC 9523 – assemblers, manufacturers, inspectors and testers of electronic equipment
- CNP 9526 – mechanical assemblers and inspectors
- NOC 9536 – Painters, Coaters and Industrial Metal Finishing Process Operators
- NOC 9537 – assemblers, finishers and inspectors of other products
Invited applicants now have 14 calendar days to apply to Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
About the in-demand skills stream
This immigration program is more focused on provincial demand than professional skill level. Many immigration programs target occupations that the government considers “highly skilled”. Yet Ontario continues to experience labor shortages in occupations considered “low-skilled”.
Enter the Required skills flux. Foreign workers with eligible job offers in Ontario can apply for appointment with nine months of cumulative work experience in the province within the past three years. Seasonal work experience is not eligible to meet the work requirement. Part-time work may be eligible if the candidate has completed the required number of working hours. The number of hours worked must equal 1,200 hours of paid employment in one job in the course of 18 months. Or, for those with more than one job, that would mean working at least 30 hours a week for nine months for a total of 1,200 hours.
There are a number of other eligibility requirements. In general, applicants need a high school diploma, language note at least 4 in all jurisdictions, and sufficient settlement funds, among other requirements.
List of trades in demand
|Nursing aides, orderlies and service attendants
|Home help and similar professions, excluding household help
|Residential and commercial installers and repairers
|Transport truck drivers
|Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
|General farm workers
|Nursery and greenhouse workers
|Construction trades helpers and laborers
|Industrial butchers, meat cutters, poultry preparers, related workers
Available only to applicants outside of the Greater Toronto Area
|Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
|Metalworking and Forging Machine Operators
|Machining tool operators
|Other Metal Products Machine Operators
|Chemical plant machine operators
|Plastics processing machine operators
|Woodworking machine operators
|Industrial sewing machine operators
|Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated product processing
|Electronics assemblers, manufacturers, inspectors and testers
|Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
|Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
|Assemblers, finishers and inspectors of other products
What is the regional immigration pilot?
Although Ontario is the most popular destination for new immigrants, like the rest of Canada, the province struggles to attract newcomers to rural communities.
The regional immigration pilot project was launched to help address labor shortages in some of these communities. It allows the province to allocate 150 nominations in 2021 to three rural communities: Chatham-Kent, Cornwall and Quinte West / Belleville. These municipalities have demonstrated to the province that they have labor shortages in skilled occupations and that they have the capacity to help newcomers settle.
If you are eligible for any of the POCI employer job offer and your full-time job offer is in one of the participating communities, you may be able to obtain a provincial appointment through the pilot project.
There are three streams of employer job postings:
Any appointment through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a major asset to apply Canadian Immigration. The PCPs demonstrate to the federal government that this candidate meets the needs of the regional labor market. The federal government has the final say in all applications to immigrate to Canada, but the overwhelming majority of provincial nominees are approved for permanent residence.
The pilot is expected to operate for two years before being reviewed. It can be extended or interrupted depending on its performance.
How do you get points for immigration to Ontario?
Ontario ranks EOI profiles based on a number of human capital factors that the province believes will be important in selecting immigrants with the potential to thrive. You get points for the skill level of your job posting as well as your work experience in Canada.
The OINP scoring system is different depending on the stream you are applying for. In addition to skill level and work experience, it also takes into account your salary, education, proficiency in official languages and the region in which you study or work. The province also awards 10 points at its discretion to meet labor market needs.
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