Religious Workers Needed in Ontario

In an unprecedented move, the government of Ontario has announced that over the next week it will be issuing targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to Express Entry candidates who work in any of the many religious occupations. The province states that the move aims to ‘improve the responsiveness of the program to labor market demands.’

The Notifications of Interest will be issued under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Human Capital Priorities stream, a passive Express Entry-aligned stream that seeks out potential newcomers to Canada from the federal Express Entry pool. Among other criteria, potential applicants must be in the pool and have at least 400 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

The professional occupations in religion include the following job titles:

  • Archbishop
  • Bishop
  • Cardinal
  • Chaplain
  • Evangelist
  • Granthi
  • Imam
  • Minister
  • Moderator
  • Pastor
  • Priest
  • Rabbi

Other religious occupations include the following job titles:

  • Brother/sister
  • Christian science practitioner
  • Deacon
  • Missionary
  • Monk
  • Nun
  • Pastoral animator
  • Religious education worker
  • Salvation Army field worker

Click here, to learn more about Canada's Provincial Nominee Programs.