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Ontario invites 1,186 PNP candidates from all Employer Job Offer streams

After more than a month, Ontario has held its first round of invitations under the Employer Job Offer category.

Ontario came back with a bang on December 7, inviting 1,186 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued invitations to candidates who had profiles in its Expression of Interest (EOI) system.

These candidates may be eligible for one of three streams under the Employer Job Offer category: Foreign Worker, International Student and In-Demand Skills. Some of the invitations went to candidates registered for the Regional Immigration Pilot.

Candidates invited under the Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream had work experience in the National Occupational Codes (NOC) below:

Health and agricultural occupations:

NOC 3413 – nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

NOC 4412 – home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers

NOC 8431 – general farm workers

NOC 8432 – nursery and greenhouse workers

NOC 8611 – harvesting labourers

NOC 9462 – industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

Manufacturing (outside the GTA only):

NOC 9411 – machine operators, mineral and metal processing

NOC 9416 – metalworking and forging machine operators

NOC 9417 – machining tool operators

NOC 9418 – other metal products machine operators

NOC 9421 – chemical plant machine operators

NOC 9422 – plastics processing machine operators

NOC 9437 – woodworking machine operators

NOC 9446 – industrial sewing machine operators

NOC 9461 – process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing

NOC 9523 – electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers

NOC 9526 – mechanical assemblers and inspectors

NOC 9536 – industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators

NOC 9537 – other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

Ontario wants more immigrants

Each year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allocates a certain number of nominations to the provinces and territories that run Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

In 2021, Ontario received an allocation of 8,350 plus an additional 250 nominations for temporary foreign workers in intermediate skilled occupations, NOC Skill Level C.

As of November 10, 2021, Ontario has issued 8,600 nominations. Ontario’s immigration minister, Monte McNaughton, told CIC News in an October interview that the province is asking the federal government to double their allocation next year.

Ontario recently passed the Working for Workers Act, which among other things will help immigrant workers integrate into regulated industries outside of the health care sector. It will prohibit regulatory bodies from requiring Canadian work experience, eliminate the need to do a language test for the purpose of licensing, and speed up the licensing process, especially in cases of emergency.

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