Workers who have recent experience working in Ontario in an in-demand occupation may be eligible for Canadian permanent residence through Ontario’s Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream.
This stream is a part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), through which Ontario can nominate individuals for permanent residence based on their ability to settle in the province permanently.
Among other eligibility criteria, applicants must have a permanent, full-time job offer from an employer in Ontario in one of the stream’s in-demand occupations, as well as nine months of work experience in that occupation in Ontario within the past 36 months. There are 23 in-demand occupations, but notably 13 of these occupations are only eligible if the job offer is for a position located outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
The Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream is not aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. Because this stream has opened for new applications from applicants in occupations that fall under skills levels C or D in the National Occupational Classification (NOC), individuals who may not be eligible to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry, or through another existing OINP stream, may now find that are eligible for provincial nomination in Ontario.
With a provincial nomination, an applicant, as well as his or her accompanying family members, may apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.
The job offer must be in one of the following eligible high-demand occupations.
|OCCUPATION||NOC||Job Offer Location Requirement|
|Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates||3413||Any location in Ontario|
|Home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers||4412||Any location in Ontario|
|Residential and commercial installers and servicers||7441||Any location in Ontario|
|Transport truck drivers||7511||Any location in Ontario|
|Heavy equipment operators (except crane)||7521||Any location in Ontario|
|General farm workers||8431||Any location in Ontario|
|Nursery and greenhouse workers||8432||Any location in Ontario|
|Harvesting labourers||8611||Any location in Ontario|
|Construction trades helpers and labourers||7611||Any location in Ontario|
|Industrial butchers, meat cutters, poultry preparers, related workers||9462||Any location in Ontario|
|Machine operators, mineral and metal processing||9411||Position must be outside the GTA|
|Metalworking and forging machine operators||9416||Position must be outside the GTA|
|Machining tool operators||9417||Position must be outside the GTA|
|Other metal products machine operators||9418||Position must be outside the GTA|
|Chemical plant machine operators||9421||Position must be outside the GTA|
|Plastics processing machine operators||9422||Position must be outside the GTA|
|Woodworking machine operators||9437||Position must be outside the GTA|
|Industrial sewing machine operators||9446||Position must be outside the GTA|
|Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing||9461||Position must be outside the GTA|
|Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers||9523||Position must be outside the GTA|
|Mechanical assemblers and inspectors||9526||Position must be outside the GTA|
|Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators||9536||Position must be outside the GTA|
|Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors||9537||Position must be outside the GTA|
The job offer must meet the prevailing wage levels in Ontario for that occupation and region, and if the applicant is already working in the position, the employer is required to meet prevailing requirements and pay a wage that is equal to or greater than the current wage.
The employer offering a job to the applicant must have been in business for at least the past three years, with additional criteria regarding annual turnover and staff size also considered.
If the business is in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), it must have at least $1,000,000 in gross annual turnover in the most recent fiscal year and five or more permanent full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents (per position to be filled each calendar year) at the location where the applicant will work.
If the premises is located outside the GTA, the business must have at least $500,000 in gross annual turnover in the most recent fiscal year and three or more permanent full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents (per position to be filled each calendar year) at the location where the applicant will work.
How to apply
The Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream is not always open to new applicants. It operates using intake periods, meaning that at certain times the stream is open and qualified candidates are welcome to submit applications, but at other times the stream is closed. You will have to monitor the stream to ensure that you are able to submit an application.
Who can qualify?
The range of potential applicants to Ontario’s new Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream is likely to be quite narrow, as the eligibility criteria specify work experience in Ontario that must match one of the occupations considered in high demand, plus the requirement to have a job offer in the province.
That being said, this new immigration option may prove attractive to individuals and families who came to Ontario to work in one of these fields.
For example, some younger workers who came to Canada under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program may be eligible, as may holders of other open work permits, such as graduates of Canadian colleges and universities.
Other potential applicants may have come to work in Ontario on other types of work permits, including work permits supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).