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Ontario's Two-Year Regional Pilot Program: 3 Communities Selected by the Province

March 25 , 2020 By Rajneesh Kumar

Ontario Two-Year Regional Pilot Program: 3 Communities Selected by the Province


The Canadian province, Ontario has selected three of its regional communities naming, Chatham-Kent, Cornwall and Belleville/Quinte West for its new Pilot program. This two-year pilot is expected to come into effect in 2020 to invite skilled foreign workers to live and work in the said communities permanently. All three communities will participate in the pilot to meet their specific labor shortages and to support economic development.

Being a part of the OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program), this pilot will help the province to nominate skilled Economic-Class candidates annually for permanent residency in Canada. Designed with a motive to address labour shortages in Ontario s rural and smaller communities, this regional pilot program has come out as a result of feedback provided by stakeholders in Ontario's small and rural communities, like, municipal governments, economic development and settlement organizations, businesses, colleges, and universities.

Few Excerpts from the New Release

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, “The Regional Immigration Pilot … will be an opportunity for businesses in the three communities to fill talent gaps and support economic growth and a pathway for skilled foreign workers to become permanent residents.”

“Communities were chosen based on their specific skilled labour challenges, the ability to help newcomers get settled and interest from community stakeholders.”

“Outcomes of the pilot will help inform further efforts to regionalize economic immigration in Ontario.”

The OINP is expected to apportion nearly 150 provincial nominations through this regional pilot program under three of its key Employer Job Offer Categories. This way, the province will welcome skilled foreign workers and international students who have a job offer from Ontario's employer. Those candidates will be eligible to apply for Ontario s provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency.

To add further, in 2020 new manufacturing occupations are also expected to be added in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes under OINP's In-Demand Skills Stream of Employer Job Offer Category.

Ontario has also requested the federal government of Canada to double its economic immigrant quota so that the province can fulfill its labour shortages across Ontario. The province has requested to increase the allocation from 7,000 to 13,300 in a span of two years under its OINP program.

Check: Ontario Occupation List

Key Highlights of This Two-Year Regional Pilot

  • Include around 150 nominations under OINP's employer job offer category
  • Increase awareness among all the local employers
  • Provide dedicated business service support for all the employers in the Province
  • Partner with local and rural

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