Ontario has announced that it will introduce new immigration pathways for tech workers and for smaller communities. This will be done through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
Ontario has announced the below initiatives in its 2019 Budget:
- It plans to launch a Pilot Program aimed at bringing in skilled overseas workers to smaller communities in the province
- It plans to expand the current OINP-Entrepreneur Stream
- 2 new occupations have been added to the Skills In-Demand Stream: Truck Drivers and Personal Support Workers
Ontario also plans to modernize the OINP. This is to ensure that the workforce in Ontario stands among the highest skilled in the present economy.
The Budget statement calls upon the Federal Govt. to work in close collaboration with the province. This will ensure that the NOC codes and nominations allocated to Ontario are fair. The Federal Govt. should also permit Ontario to cater to its own specific economic needs and labour market.
New stream for the Tech Sector
Ontario has announced that a dedicated pathway to assist the tech sector will be created. This will help attract high skilled immigrants to the province. The new stream is being created in response to the expanding IT sector in the province. It will mainly be centred on Toronto which is considered as the fastest growing technology market in North America, as per CIC News.
The Tech Stream for high skilled workers will follow the immensely successful Global Talent Stream launched by the Federal Govt.
New Pilot Program for smaller communities
Ontario will launch a Pilot Program aimed at the smaller communities in the province. This initiative will be started with selected communities to spread the benefits of migration to the smaller communities. The Pilot Program aims at attracting skilled migrants to the smaller communities in the province.
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