The Canadian province of Ontario, one of the most popular destinations for immigrants to the country, wants the federal government to double the number of skilled immigrants allowed to settle in the province. The Immigration Minister of Ontario Monte McNaughton informed in a Tweet that he had urged the federal government to increase the number of skilled newcomers to Ontario as the province is facing a historic labour shortage. “Our government wants to build back a better, stronger Ontario – but we need the people to do it,” his Tweet read. Currently, the annual nomination allocation for Ontario is 9000. Doubling the number means 18000 new immigrants will be allowed to move to the province every year.
High demand for immigrant workers in Ontario
Currently, the province has a total of 316000 vacant jobs, according to data from Statistics Canada. It means the number has increased by 35 per cent, or a whopping 82000 in number compared to 234000 last year. Ontario welcomed total of 18040 new immigrants last year under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. In 2019, which means the full year before the outbreak of the pandemic, the total number of permanent residents settled in Ontario was 44075. The number came down last year owing to the public health restrictions imposed in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program supports the employers in the province by allowing immigrant workers to move to the province. The Program operates in partnership with the federal immigration program of Canada. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has three categories.
- Human Capital Category
- Employer Job Offer Category
- Business Category
The Expression of Interest system of Ontario manages intake under five streams under the Immigrant Nominee Program, which are the Employer Job Offer (all the three streams) and International Student(Masters and PhD graduates.) The province issues Invitations to Apply through Expression of Interest draws that are conducted regularly.
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