Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invites 64 skilled workers in the latest provincial draw held on May 25 to apply for provincial nomination.
Invitations were issued to immigrant applicants who had a profile in the Expression of Interest (EOI) system. The invited candidates were enrolled in the regional immigration pilot project. They can now apply to the employer's job offer: foreign worker stream.
This is the third random draw hosted by Ontario since the new application intake system launch in April. It's the first draw after the introduction of the Regional Immigration Pilot in 2020.
Basics on Regional Immigration Pilot
Ontario is a major hotspot for new immigrants but the province struggles to attract newcomers to their rural communities.
The regional immigration pilot project was launched to help address labor shortages in some of these communities. It allows the province to allocate 150 nominations in 2021 to three rural communities: Chatham-Kent, Cornwall, and Quinte West / Belleville. These municipalities have demonstrated to the province that they have labor shortages in skilled occupations and that they can help newcomers settle.
If you are eligible for one of the OINP Employer Job Streams and your full-time job offer is in one of the participating communities, you may be eligible for a provincial nomination as part of the pilot project.
There are three streams of job postings for employers:
Foreign Worker Stream, for workers with a skilled job offer in the province;
International Student Stream, for international students with qualified job vacancies; and
In-Demand Skills Stream, for workers in occupations experiencing labor shortages in Ontario.
Any appointment under a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a major asset when applying for Canadian immigration. PNPs demonstrate to the federal government that this candidate meets the needs of the regional labor market. The federal government has the final say on all applications to immigrate to Canada, but the overwhelming majority of provincial applicants obtain approval for permanent residence.
The pilot project is expected to run for two years before being reviewed. It can be extended or interrupted depending on its performance.
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