Ontario is planning to double nominations for PR by 2022
Ontario is one of the most favorable places for immigration in Canada. To nominate more skilled and experienced foreign nationals, Ontario is looking to double the number of immigration candidates under its PNP, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). It would like to increase the entries from 6,650 this year to 13,300 in 2022.
In 2019, the allocation under OINP was 6,650, which was an increase of only 50 over the previous year. However, an additional 700 nominations granted last week brought its total allocation in 2019 to 7,350.
Allocation falling short of labour needs
According to an email statement to CIC News, the OINP said “Employers continue to express significant frustration that the limited number of nominations has hindered their efforts to hire foreign talent, which ultimately impacts the growth and sustainability of their businesses,”
It means that the allocation under OINP was not able to meet the actual demands of labor over the past several years in the province. “
The OINP proposes collaborative development of a multi-year planning process” with the goal of doubling the OINP’s allocation to 13,300 by 2022 in a letter sent to Mendicin.
However, the distribution of additional OINP nominations among its nine immigration streams was not clear. The OINP did not comment on how an increased allocation would benefit its proposed Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot, which is expected to launch in early 2020
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot counts five Ontario communities with an annual cap of 2,750 applicants plus their dependents.
The OINP did not comment on how the additional OINP nominations would be distributed among its nine existing immigration streams or what percentage would be dedicated to the three pathways aligned with the federal Express Entry system.
One of these streams, the Human Capital Priorities Stream, has been used this year to address targeted labour needs in Ontario’s IT sector.
The OINP also did not say how an increased allocation would benefit the proposed Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot, which could launch in early 2020 and will focus on attracting immigrants to smaller communities in the province.
Feds say new pilots will help fill gaps
A statement from Mendicino’s press secretary, Mathieu Genest, said “We understand that provinces and territories play an important role in attracting and retaining newcomers to help grow our economy,”
Genest also pointed to the proposed Municipal Nominee Program for smaller municipalities and a new federal immigration pilot to fill labour shortages and attract needed talent to rural and remote communities in Ontario and Canada’s western provinces and territories.
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