Ontario's PNP In-Demand Skills Stream will re-open on July 6 with 13 new eligible occupations.

Candidates must obtain a full-time and permanent job offer, with a minimum of 1,560 hours in a year with no end date of the position.

The job must be in an eligible occupation inside or outside of the GTA and must fall under one of the following National Occupation Classification skill level C or D codes:

NOC 3413 – nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

NOC 4412 – home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers

NOC 7441 – residential and commercial installers and servicers

NOC 7511 – transport truck drivers

NOC 7521 – heavy equipment operators (except crane)

NOC 7611 – construction trades helpers and labourers

NOC 8431 – general farm workers

NOC 8432 – nursery and greenhouse workers

NOC 8611 – harvesting labourers

NOC 9462 – industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

Ontario operates the largest PNP in Canada since it has the country’s largest population and economy.

Expanded occupations

As of July 6, a job offer under the following NOC codes (also levels C or D) will be valid for this stream, as long as the job is located outside of the GTA:

NOC 9411 – machine operators, mineral and metal processing

NOC 9416 – metalworking and forging machine operators

NOC 9417 – machining tool operators

NOC 9418 – other metal products machine operators

NOC 9421 – chemical plant machine operators

NOC 9422 – plastics processing machine operators

NOC 9437 – woodworking machine operators

NOC 9446 – industrial sewing machine operators

NOC 9461 – process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing

NOC 9523 – electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers

NOC 9526 – mechanical assemblers and inspectors

NOC 9536 – industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators

NOC 9537 – other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

Other requirements

Employers have numerous obligations. For instance, they must demonstrate the person they are hiring through this Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) stream is necessary to their business and they must pay them at or above the median wage level for the occupation.

Immigration candidates must have at least 9 months of cumulative paid full-time work experience in the occupation they have received a job offer for. They must also have the equivalent of a Canadian secondary school (high school) education, or higher, and a minimum English or French-language level of a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 4 or higher in each competency (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).

Among other requirements include an immigration candidate demonstrating they have a valid license to work in an occupation that requires a license or other authorization in Ontario.

Ontario operates the largest PNP in Canada since it has the country’s largest population and economy.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has provided Ontario with a PNP allocation of 7,350 principal applicants in 2020. In addition, Ontario can nominate 250 temporary foreign workers in intermediate skilled occupations (NOC C roles).

The OINP has remained active throughout 2020 including during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and it has held 12 skilled worker and entrepreneur draws so far this year.

(Source: Immigration News, edited)

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