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Posted on July 20 2021

Ontario PNP is all for skilled foreign workers, offers nomination

By  Editor
Updated July 25 2023

Lately, Ontario PNP conducted its first-ever immigration draw for the in-Demand Skills stream. The draw was held under its new intake system.

The In-demand Skills stream was introduced to the new EOI system just 3 weeks before this Ontario PNP draw.

More about the draw

  • There were 2 draws held.
    • The general draw had 54 immigration candidates invited. The minimum score required for this draw was 11.
    • The draw for the Regional Immigration Pilot had 1 candidate invited. This draw had no minimum EOI score prescribed.
  • The candidates invited required work experience in one of the NOC coded occupations listed below:
    • Health & Agriculture
      • NOC 3413 – nurse aides, patient service associates, and orderlies
      • NOC 8431 – general farmworkers
      • NOC 8611 – harvesting laborers
      • NOC 4412 – Home support workers & occupations that are related (barring housekeepers)
      • NOC 8432 – nursery and greenhouse workers
      • NOC 9462 – industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers, and related workers
    • Manufacturing (only outside Greater Toronto Area)
      • NOC 9411 – machine operators and metal & mineral metal processing
      • NOC 9418 – machine operators for other metal products
      • NOC 9437 – machine operators for woodworking
      • NOC 9523 – electronics assemblers, inspectors, fabricators, and testers
      • NOC 9537 – other products assemblers, inspectors, and finishers
      • NOC 9416 – machine operators for metalworking and forging
      • NOC 9421 – operators for chemical plant machine
      • NOC 9446 – machine operators for industrial sewing
      • NOC 9526 – mechanical assemblers & inspectors
      • NOC 9417 – machining tool operators
      • NOC 9422 – machine operators for plastics processing
      • NOC 9461 – food, beverage, and associated products processing, machine operators, and process control
      • NOC 9536 – process operators for coaters, industrial painters, and metal finishing
    • Candidates who were invited have 14 calendar days to file an application for a nomination with Ontario PNP.

Quick facts: In-Demand Skills Stream

  • The stream has its focus on meeting the demand in the Canadian province by offering pathways to skilled immigration candidates.
  • The candidates are supposed to have skills in target occupations the provincial government considers “high-skilled”.
  • Foreign workers with an eligible job offer in Ontario can apply for a nomination in Ontario via the In-Demand Skills stream. They are supposed to have an added-up experience of 9 months in the province within 3 years prior to applying.
  • The candidate’s seasonal work experience isn’t considered eligible to meet the requirement of work experience.
  • If the candidate has a history of completing the required eligible number of work hours in part-time work, such candidate may be considered eligible. The total qualifying work hours is either
    • 1,200 hours of paid employment in a single job, or
    • A minimum of 30 hours of work per week for 9 months in more than one job.
  • The general eligibility requirements include:
    • High-school education
    • Sufficient funds to settle in Canada
    • A minimum language test score of 4 in all language skills

In-demand Occupations


  • NOC 3413 - nurse aides, patient service associates, and orderlies
  • NOC 7511 - Transport truck drivers
  • NOC 8432 - Nursery and greenhouse workers
  • NOC 9462 - Industrial butchers, poultry preparers, meat cutters, and related workers
  • NOC 4412 - Home support workers & occupations that are related (barring housekeepers)
  • NOC 7521 - Heavy equipment operators (barring crane)
  • NOC 8611 - Harvesting laborers
  • NOC 7441 - Commercial and Residential servicers and installers
  • NOC 8431 - General farmworkers
  • NOC 7611 - Construction trades helpers and laborers

Only available to candidates outside the GTA (Greater Toronto Area)

  • NOC 9411 - Machine operators, mineral, and metal processing
  • NOC 9418 - Machine operators for other metal products
  • NOC 9437 - Machine operators for woodworking
  • NOC 9523 - Electronics assemblers, inspectors, fabricators, and testers
  • NOC 9537 - Other products assemblers, inspectors, and finishers
  • NOC 9416 - Machine operators for metalworking and forging
  • NOC 9421 - Machine operators for Chemical plant
  • NOC 9446 - Operators for industrial sewing machine
  • NOC 9526 - Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
  • NOC 9417 - Machining tool operators
  • NOC 9422 - Machine operators for processing plastics
  • NOC 9461 - Process control and machine operators, food, beverage, and processing of associated products
  • NOC 9536 - Industrial painters, coaters, and process operators for metal finishing

About Regional Immigration Pilot

  • The Regional Immigration Pilot was introduced to solve labor shortages in Canadian communities in the country’s provinces.
  • 150 nominations are allocated by the federal government under this pilot to 3 regional locations:
    • Quinte West/Belleville
    • Cornwall
    • Chatham-Kent
  • Provincial nomination is given if candidates:
    • Have eligibility for any of the Employer Job Offer streams of OINP
    • The candidates have an offer for a full-time job in one of the participating communities
  • The 3 Employer Job Offer streams are:
    • International Student stream – meant for international students who have received offers in skilled jobs
    • Foreign Worker stream – meant for foreign workers with a skilled job offer in Ontario
    • In-Demand Skills Stream – meant for foreign workers in occupation facing a shortage of labor in Ontario

Scoring points for immigration to Ontario

  • The ranking of candidates is done based on the basis of some human capital factors.
  • The human capital factors include:
    • education
    • wage
    • the region that’s chosen to study or work
    • official language ability
  • Points are given for the skill level required of the candidate’s job offer and the candidate’s work experience in Canada.
  • An additional 10 points could be awarded to a candidate at the discretion of the province.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest, or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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EOI – Expression of Interest

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

NOC – National Occupational Classification

OINP – Ontario Immigration Nominee Program


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