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Ontario Extends 48 Invitations to Candidates with In-Demand Skills

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has invited 48 candidates with in-demand skills to apply for nomination. Invitees had work experience in select health, manufacturing, and agricultural occupations.

Ontario invited these candidates based on their eligibility for the In-Demand Skills Stream of Ontario’s Employer Job Offer category, a nominee program operated by OINP.

This is the second draw Ontario has held for this stream since it moved to an Expression of Interest system. The stream had previously operated on a first come, first served basis.

To date, Ontario has invited a total of 103 candidates through this stream. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program was allocated 8,600 nominations by the federal government for 2021, 250 of which are reserved specifically for candidates in intermediate skilled occupations (NOC skill type C).  Last year, Ontario exceeded their nomination allocation by over 400, issuing a total of 607 to candidates under the In-Demand Skills Stream.

August 11th OINP In-Demand Skills stream draw results: 48 invitations

Targeted draw: Select health, manufacturing, and agriculture occupations

  • Invitations: 48
  • Minimum score: N/A

Once again, the in-demand skills draw did not target a minimum score range.

What NOC codes did Ontario target in this In-Demand Skills draw?

In addition to meeting the stream requirements, candidates must have work experience in one of the following national occupational (NOC) codes:

Health and agricultural occupations:
  • 3413 – nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • 4412 – home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
  • 8431 – general farm workers
  • 8432 – nursery and greenhouse workers
  • 8611 – harvesting labourers
  • 9462 – industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
Manufacturing (outside the Greater Toronto Area only):
  • 9411 – machine operators, mineral and metal processing
  • 9416 – metalworking and forging machine operators
  • 9417 – machining tool operators
  • 9418 – other metal products machine operators
  • 9421 – chemical plant machine operators
  • 9422 – plastics processing machine operators
  • 9437 – woodworking machine operators
  • 9446 – industrial sewing machine operators
  • 9461 – process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
  • 9523 – electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
  • 9526 – mechanical assemblers and inspectors
  • 9536 – industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
  • 9537 – other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

How can I be eligible for Ontario’s In-Demand Skills stream?

To submit an Expression of Interest under this stream, candidates must have a full-time and permanent job offer; the offer must be in an NOC skill type C or D occupation that Ontario has indicated as being in-demand in the province.

The wage of the offer must also meet or exceed the median wage level for the region and occupation. The role should be necessary to the operation of the employer’s business. Unless the applicant already has a work permit, this can be demonstrated through an employer’s recruitment efforts or a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Applicants must have work experience in Ontario in the same in-demand occupation as the job offer; the stream requires at least 9 months of paid, full-time work on valid authorization.

Candidates must have completed a high school diploma or foreign assessed equivalent at minimum. In addition, if required, applicants must have licensing or authorization from the appropriate Ontario regulatory body. Interested candidates must also appear for an official language exam and score a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark 4.

In addition to meeting job offer and applicant requirements, the employer must also fulfil eligibility requirements. These requirements will vary depending on the location of the offer.

How does the Ontario In-Demand Skills stream operate?

Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements must firstly create an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile in the OINP e-Filing Portal. Once a candidate submits an EOI, Ontario will assign the profile a score; subsequently, OINP will hold a round of invitations and invite candidates that meet the draw requirements.

Upon receiving an invitation to apply for nomination, candidates then have 14 calendar days to submit an application to the province. At this time, an application fee of $1,500 or $2,000 (depending on the location of the job offer) must be remitted. If nominated, the applicant will later be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Lauren Boorman

Lauren is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant based in Montreal with a particular focus on researching and writing about the latest updates in immigration news.

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