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Ontario is Canada’s second-largest province with a landmass that exceeds France and Spain combined! The large province is home to Ottawa, Canada’s capital city where Parliament Hill is located. Ontario is a popular destination for foreign nationals who immigrate to Canada. Not only does the province offer employment opportunities in its many diverse industries and in-demand occupations but working in the province comes with its own special benefits, like free healthcare with prescription medicine coverage for under 25’s and the 4th highest income rate in Canada.

Popular attractions that you may recognize in Ontario are the Toronto CN Tower and the majestic Niagara Falls. Northern Ontario welcomes foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada and settle in the rural communities to keep it economically vibrant. In addition, skilled foreign workers can immigrate to Canada through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and choose to settle anywhere in this diverse and multicultural province.


How Does the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Work?

farm worker | jobs in-demand in Canada 2020

There are four immigration streams under the OINP which you can apply through to immigrate to Canada, and more specifically, the province of Ontario. Three out of the four Ontario streams work in conjunction with the Express Entry system which means that an Express Entry profile will be a mandatory requirement to apply to these immigration streams. The OINP welcomes foreign nationals with diverse skills to apply such as farmworkers, plumbers, nurses and managers in various occupations. Learn more about the in-demand occupations in Ontario below:

  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
  • Human Capital Priorities Stream
  • Skilled Trades Stream
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) Stream

Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream

Semi-skilled workers such as truck drivers and farm workers can immigrate to Canada through the In-Demand Skills Immigration Stream if they have a job offer within an in-demand occupation from an employer in Ontario.

The Ontario in-demand occupations under this stream are the following:


Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
NOC CODE Eligible Occupations
3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
4412 Home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
7441 Residential and commercial installers and servicers
7511 Transport truck drivers
7521 Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
7611 Construction trades helpers and labourers
8431 General farmworkers
8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers
8611 Harvesting labourers
9462 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers


Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream

This PNP stream works in conjunction with the Express Entry System. That means in order to immigrate to Canada you must create an Express Entry profile and be eligible under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program or the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). You must also have a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree or its equivalent in another country. A job offer is not required.

The Ontario in-demand occupations for this stream are broad and therefore classified under three skill types namely; Jobs in Management (O), Professional Jobs (A) and Technical Jobs or Skilled Trades (B):


Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream
Skill Type Example Occupations (NOC)
O - Jobs in Management Positions NOC 0111 Financial managers
A - Professional Jobs NOC 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
B - Technical Jobs and Skilled Trades NOC 7251 Plumber


Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream

For skilled individuals in specific trades who don’t meet all of the eligibility requirements for the Human Capital Stream, may qualify for the Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream. Post-secondary education is not a requirement and you don’t need a job offer.

The Ontario in-demand occupations under the Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream are the following:


Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream
NOC Code Eligible Occupations
8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry
8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
8231 Underground production and development miners
8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
8241 Logging machinery operators
8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
8261 Fishing masters and officers
8262 Fisherman/women


Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

Do you speak French and English proficiently? If yes, then the Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream may be your perfect path to immigrate to Canada. You are required to create an Express Entry profile and meet the qualifying criteria for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program or the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). You must also have a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree or its equivalent in another country. A job offer is not required.

The Ontario in-demand occupations for this stream are broad and therefore classified under three skill types namely; Jobs in Management (O), Professional Jobs (A) and Technical Jobs or Skilled Trades (B):


Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
Skill Type Example Occupations (NOC)
0 - Jobs in Management Positions NOC 0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
A - Professional Jobs NOC 5121 Authors and writers
B - Technical Jobs and Skilled Trades NOC 7281 Boilermakers


How We Can Help You Apply

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