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ImmigrateExpress & PNP DrawOntario invited In-Demand and Foreign Skilled Workers

Ontario invited In-Demand and Foreign Skilled Workers

Ontario issued Invitation to Apply (ITA) for provincial nomination to 749 foreign workers in its latest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw held on February 9. Candidates who had profiles in the Expression of Interest (EOI) system of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) were invited. The applicants eligible under two streams of the Employment Job Offer category – Foreign Worker and In-Demand Skills (explained below) were selected in this draw.
There were a total of three draws held for OINP’s two streams. The Foreign Worker stream invited 642 candidates in two different draws. 476 applicants were invited from a draw targeting trades occupation and 166 were invited in a general draw. In a third draw, 107 invitations were issued to candidates from the In-Demand skills stream.
Thus, in Ontario’s recent provincial nominee program draw the number of selected candidates with minimum score cut-off are as follow:

  • 476 candidates invited from the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream for trades occupations with a minimum score of 24;
  • 166 invitations to potential candidates from Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream (general) with a minimum score of 41; and
  • 107 invitations in a targeted draw from Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream with minimum score of 15.

NOC listed Occupations under Foreign Worker and In-Demand skills

OINP issued targeted invitation under the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream to candidates with work experience in the following 41 national occupational codes (NOC) occupations:
– Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (NOC 2232)
– Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians (NOC 2233)
– Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) (NOC 2242)
– Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (NOC 2243)
– Drafting technologists and technicians (NOC 2253)
– User support technicians (NOC 2282)
– Information systems testing technicians (NOC 2283)
– Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations (NOC 7201)
– Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations (NOC 7202)
– Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades (NOC 7203)
– Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades (NOC 7204)
– Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers (NOC 7205)
– Tool and die makers (NOC 7232)
– Sheet metal workers (NOC 7233)
– Ironworkers (NOC 7236)
– Electricians (except industrial and power system) (NOC 7241)
– Industrial electricians (NOC 7242)
– Plumbers (NOC 7251)
– Carpenters (NOC 7271)
– Bricklayers (NOC 7281)
– Concrete finishers (NOC 7282)
– Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers (NOC 7284)
– Roofers and shinglers (NOC 7291)
– Insulators (NOC 7293)
– Painters and decorators (except interior decorators) (NOC 7294)
– Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades (NOC 7301)
– Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews (NOC 7302)
– Supervisors, printing and related occupations (NOC 7303)
– Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators (NOC 7305)
– Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics (NOC 7311)
– Heavy-duty equipment mechanics (NOC 7312)
– Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics (NOC 7313)
– Railway carmen/women (NOC 7314)
– Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors (NOC 7315)
– Elevator constructors and mechanics (NOC 7318)
– Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers (NOC 7321)
– Electrical mechanics (NOC 7333)
– Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics (NOC 7334)
– Crane operators (NOC 7371)
– Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services (NOC 8255)
– Power engineers and power systems operators (NOC 9241)

Under the Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream the following 22 NOC occupations were targeted:
Health, agricultural and select trades occupations:
– Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413)
– Home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers (NOC 4412)
– Residential and commercial installers and servicers (NOC 7441)
– Heavy equipment operators (except crane) (NOC 7521)
– Construction trades helpers and labourers (NOC 7611)
– General farm workers (NOC 8431)
– Nursery and greenhouse workers (NOC 8432)
– Harvesting labourers (NOC 8611)
– Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers (NOC 9462)
Manufacturing (outside the GTA only):
– Machine operators, mineral and metal processing (NOC 9411)
– Metalworking and forging machine operators (NOC 9416)
– Machining tool operators (NOC 9417)
– Other metal products machine operators (NOC 9418)
– Chemical plant machine operators (NOC 9421)
– Plastics processing machine operators (NOC 9422)
– Woodworking machine operators (NOC 9437)
– Industrial sewing machine operators (NOC 9446)
– Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing (NOC 9461)
– Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers (NOC 9523)
– Mechanical assemblers and inspectors (NOC 9526)
– Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators (NOC 9536)
– Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors (NOC 9537)

Foreign Worker and In-Demand Skills stream of OINP

Under Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), officially called OINP, immigrants can apply through three different categories – Human Capital, Employer Job Offer, and Business category. Foreign Worker and In-Demand skills are sub-streams of the Employer Job Offer category. Both the streams are for workers in and outside of Canada, willing to permanently live and work in Ontario.
The Foreign Worker stream is for foreign workers with a job offer in a skilled occupation at Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). The applicants must have

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  • a job offer in Ontario,
  • a minimum of 2 years of cumulative work experience in the same occupation as the job offer,
  • a valid licence or authorization in Ontario (if the occupation demands so), and
    legal status in Canada (if applying from within Canada).

The In-Demand Skills stream is for foreign workers with a job offer in specific in-demand occupations such as in agriculture, construction, personal support work, etc. The job offer can be from any occupation listed under NOC skill level C and D. An applicant must have

To apply for a provincial nomination through both these streams, an applicant must first register in the OINP’s Expression of Interest System. Candidates are then selected from that pool and issued an invitation to apply for a nomination.
After receiving a nomination from the province through the provincial nominee program, candidates have to apply directly to the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). They further approve the applications for permanent residence.

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