A progress report has been published on the Canadian province of Ontario’s immigration strategy which has shown that software engineers and designers to be the leading occupation category for the Provincial Nominee Program in 2017 and China and India to be the two top source countries for the occupations.
Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration updates on the news and also provides information on the Ontario’s Nominee Program and other key strategies for the immigration. It was launched in 2012 to address a shortage of skilled labor in Ontario.
OINP allows Ontario to invite people along with their families for permanent residence. The targeted individuals for this program are skilled labor, international students and entrepreneurs. It also requires working with employers to attract as many skilled labors as possible.
Through the Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program in 2017, Ontario was allocated 6,000 nominations and it is considered to be the highest allocation in a decade. Also additional allocation was received from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada this month.
Ontario has been very keen in increasing the amount of allocations as it will be a vital strategy for immigration.The allocation of nominees has increased from 1,300 in 2013 to 6,000 in 2017.
Software engineers and designers have top the list of the five topmost nominee occupation categories which was then followed by computer programmers and interactive media developer. And the reports show that the majority of the nominees are employed in the Information and Communication Technology occupations.
India is leading the way with 1,835 nominees in that of September 30th, 2017 and then China was second close with nominees of 1,608.
Ontario has also pointed towards the two new immigration streams; the Express Entry: Skilled Trades Stream and Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream pilot. The purpose of both of the streams is to respond to the labor market needs in 2017.
Ontario has also done an expansion in its human resources and has introduced a new online application system which would reduce the processing time, in order to keep up with the demand of OINP.
Mostly the applications are now being processed in just 60 days which is also expected to enhance the customer service, considered to be very significant in nature.
Human Capital Priorities Stream, aligned with the federal Express Entry pool, has opened on a number of occasions in 2017. The stream gives the liberty to OINP to search the pool and target the qualified candidates issuing them a Notification of Interest which is basically an invitation to apply for the provincial nomination certificate.
Ontario has also launched a new Human Capital Priorities-linked initiative in June 2017 which will prioritize the Express Entry pool candidates having a work experience in 15 Information and Communications Technology-related occupations
The government of Ontario has also done some work with the federal government of Canada to help reforming Canada’s temporary foreign worker system by launching Global Skills Strategy (GSS) and its Global Talent Stream in June 2017. It will help the Canadian businesses to find international talent with the in-demand skills. The GSS will provide a two-week service standard for the process of Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications which would be for the foreign workers and it will help employers to understand the immigration options available.
There is also a series of roundtables known as Minister’s Employers Tables going on in which Ontario is working with the employers discussing the challenges faced and also the needs of the labor market. Ontario is gaining the perspectives of the employers and also the best practices when it comes to the policy and programming. Around seven METs have been done in which 96 employers were heard and the three important objectives are:
- Identifying the barriers to opportunities present with the selection process
- Improvement for labor market integration for international talent
- Establish a business advisory council
A bridge training program funded by the federal government was completed by 4,758 skilled newcomers in 2017. The programs are targeted towards removing the barriers to the opportunities and also to increase the internationally trained professionals. 294 individuals out of that number have achieved licensure in their regulated occupation and the remaining 4,418 have found work in their professional field.
$91 million in funding for bridge training programs will be received by Ontario for the next three years under the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement, which was announced in November by the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.
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