Ontario immigration has recently added 3 new occupations to the Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream, making it more accessible to foreign skilled workers seeking employment in Canada.
The three jobs that have been added to the list are:
- Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates;
- Home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers; and
- Transport truck drivers.
Changes have also been made to the work requirements of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Applicants who were previously required to have at least 12 months of relevant work experience are now only required to have nine months experience within the last three years.
With more job options available and less work experience required, candidates now have a greater chance of being successful in their application for permanent residence in Canada. So why waste any more time? Let's find out how you can make your dream of relocating to Ontario a reality!
What Is The Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream?
The Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream is aimed at candidates who have a full-time job offer from an Ontario employer under one of the following streams:
- Foreign Worker Stream;
- International Student Stream; or
- In-Demand Skills Stream.
Each stream has its own set of criteria which need to be met in order for candidates to be deemed eligible.
|Eligibility Requirements For Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Streams|
|Foreign Worker Stream|
|International Student Stream|
|In-Demand Skills Stream|
There are also certain requirements that must be met by the business offering the job, which is as follows:
- Must be operating for the past three years;
- Must have official business premises in Ontario;
- Must be in compliant with all employment, health and safety legislation;
- If located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): must have a minimum of $1,000,000 in gross annual revenue and five full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents;
- If located outside GTA: must have a minimum of $500,000 in gross annual revenue and three full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
- For the Foreign Worker Stream only: Must demonstrate recruitment efforts if the applicant is living outside Canada or is working in Canada but outside Ontario, unless the applicant is currently working in Ontario.
Which Occupations are In-demand in Ontario?
There are a variety of jobs that are in-demand in Ontario but in order to be considered eligible to apply via the In-Demand Skills Stream, applicants will have to apply under one of the following job titles.
|National Occupations Classification||Job Title|
|NOC 3413||Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates|
|NOC 4412||Home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers|
|NOC 7441||Residential and commercial installers and servicers|
|NOC 7511||Transport truck drivers|
|NOC 7521||Heavy equipment operators (except crane)|
|NOC 8431||General farmworkers|
|NOC 8432||Nursery and greenhouse workers|
|NOC 8611||Harvesting labourers|
|NOC 7611||Construction trades helpers and labourers|
|NOC 9462||Industrial butchers, meat cutters, poultry preparers, related workers|
What Is the OINP and How Do I Apply?
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) allows the government to nominate potential foreign candidates, who have in-demand skills that the province needs, to apply for permanent residency. There are 2 ways to be considered for a provincial nomination.
Candidates may either contact Ontario immigration directly to apply once they are sure that they have met all of the criteria in one of the aforementioned categories. Alternatively, and perhaps the best way to apply, is via the Express Entry System. Applicants will be required to register an Expression of Interest (EOI) and will need to create an online profile with relevant information and supporting documents. If you are successful you will be formally invited to apply for the immigration program. Having a provincial nomination automatically grants applicants an extra 600 points as per the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This virtually guarantees that you will receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Once an ITA is received, applicants must apply within 6 months of the date that it was issued.
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