Changes to Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
The Ontario government announced today three proposed changes to the Ontario Regulation 422/17 (General), a Minister's Regulation made under the Ontario Immigration Act, 2015. If approved, these changes will modify the employer-driven streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
The first proposed change consists in adding 13 new manufacturing occupations to the In-Demand Skills category. The proposed additional National Occupational Classifications, which only apply to positions outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), include:
9537 Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors
9417 Machining tool operators
9536 Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
9422 Plastics processing machine operators
9446 Industrial sewing machine operators
9416 Metalworking and forging machine operators
9411 Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
9421 Chemical plant machine operators
9523 Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
9461 Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
9437 Woodworking machine operators
9418 Other metal products machine operators
9526 Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
The second proposed change involves the elimination of having to prove settlement funds in the case of In-Demand Skills applicants.
The final change involves the introduction of limits on the number of applications accepted per employer under the International Student and Foreign Worker streams. The limits will be:
1 application per 5 permanent, full-time employees for positions in the GTA; OR
1 application per 3 permanent, full-time employees for positions outside the GTA
Similar limits on the number of nominations based on the employer’s workforce existed when the OINP was subject to a two step nomination process a couple of years ago.
Want to learn more about OINP? On March 10, LPEN will be offering a 4 hour CPD course on Navigating the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. To review the course agenda and register, visit https://www.lpen.ca/oinp