Indians received highest number of Ontario nominations in 2021

Indians received highest number of Ontario nominations in 2021
Posted August 16, 2022

Last year, Ontario nominated 9000 prospective immigrants under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). India and China were the two biggest source countries of these nominees. The original allocation for Ontario in 2021 was 8350. Later, additional 250 nominations were allocated to Ontario through the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Level C Pilot. In total, OINP nominated 9000 individuals in 2021, including the 250 applicants nominated through the NOC C Pilot.

In 2021, a total of 4332 candidates from India were nominated under the OINP and another 1736 candidates were nominated from China, which is the second highest number. Together, a total of 6068 candidates from India and China were nominated, around 67.4 per cent. The other major source countries are Nigeria, Pakistan and Brazil.

Demand for technology occupations in Canada

Also, a high number of nominations were issued by Ontario in technology-related occupations. Almost 25 per cent of all nominations went individuals with work experience in occupations including:

  • Software engineers and designers
  • Computer programmers
  • Interactive media developers
  • IT systems analysts
  • Technology consultants

The nominees with work experience in a skilled trade constituted 15 per cent. More than 800 nominations were issued through  Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker and Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills streams. Among the skilled trades occupations, most number of nominations were issued for transport truck drivers, cooks, machinists and machining and tooling inspectors, carpenters, and bricklayers. Also, Ontario nominated more than 100 healthcare workers in 2021, including around 50 personal support workers.


Ontario is one of the most popular destinations for immigrants to Canada. The province is home to a sizeable Indian diaspora. Two major cities of Canada- Ottawa, the capital city, and Toronto, the most populous city are located here. High quality of life, a culturally diverse society, efficient public transport system and a thriving job market are some of the factors that make Ontario a preferred destination for immigrants.

Now Provincial Nominee Program has become a viable pathway for many immigrants to obtain Canada PR visa. Do you wish to know about OINP for you to become a permanent resident in Canada? Talk to the Canada migration experts of CanApprove. Contact us now!

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