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Ontario Plans to Start Foreign Tech Worker Stream and Immigration Pilot

April 2019, 13
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Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
Ontario Government has declared plans to build a dedicated provincial stream targeted at skilled technology workers by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (O.I.N.P).

The initiative was part of many developments involved in the budget of provincial government, declared on Apr 11, 2019.

Others comprise a pilot to get skilled worker immigrants to smaller communities of Ontario, development of the O.I.N.P’s existing Entrepreneur Stream and the addition of personal support workers and truck drivers to the Employer Job Offer:  Stream of In-Demand Skills.

The 2019 budget statement announced: Through the O.I.N.P modernization, and in tandem with its various initiatives, the government will remain to assure that Ontario’s workforce continues among the most highly skilled for the current economy.

In a brief description comprising a few details, the government of Ontario outlined its strategy for the O.I.N.P in 04 areas.

New Foreign Tech Worker Stream

Ontario states: The government will build a dedicated stream to support Ontario’s tech sector to bring highly skilled workers.

The stream of the technology sector is an answer to the flourishing IT industry in Ontario, focused around Toronto which is deemed as the fastest booming tech market in Northern America.

An O.I.N.P tech skilled worker stream obey the federal government’s thriving Global Talent Stream for tech skilled workers, and also British Columbia’s Tech Pilot, which provides technology workers preference for BC nominations.

Latest Immigration Pilot Especially for Smaller Communities

Ontario states: To spread the immigration advantages to the smaller communities of Ontario. The government will launch a pilot initiative with chosen communities to search for innovative ways to get highly skilled immigrants to small communities.

Smaller communities of Ontario have often accused they are overlooked in terms of their efforts to bring high skilled immigrants.

While the province of Ontario as a whole brings plenty of new immigrants every year, the enormous majority settle in Ottawa and Toronto, leaving other areas to fight with shrinking labor markets and declining populations.

The pilot needs to follow the Northern and Rural Immigration Pilot that began earlier in the year 2019.

Adding New Professions to the Employer Job Offer: Stream of In-Demand Skills

The current Employer Job Offer: Stream of In-Demand Skills targets applicants with specifically skilled in-demand in Ontario.

Among other criteria, candidates need to have a full-time and permanent job offer and one year of combined work experience in the previous three years in one of the qualified occupations.

Developing the O.I.N.P Entrepreneur Stream

Entrepreneur Stream of Ontario is targeted at candidates from outside Canada who desire to start a business or purchase an existing business in Ontario.

Presently, the minimum individual net worth for business inside the Greater Toronto Area is CAD 1.5 million, and CAD 800,000 for business outside the G.T.A. The minimum investment demand is CAD 1 million within the G.T.A and CAD 500,000 outside the G.T.A. Applicants need to own a minimum 33% of the business.

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