Ontario nominated a total of 15,303 new immigrants through its PNP last year.

Despite the pandemic, Ontario still nominated high numbers of new immigrants in 2020.

Through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), Ontario nominated 8,054 principal applicants in 2020, who came with their spouses and children for a total of 15,303 nominations. A nomination does not mean they necessarily moved to Ontario, but it means the province supported their immigration applications to the federal government, which ultimately makes the decision on whether or not they get permanent residency status.

The federal government originally allowed Ontario to nominate 7,350 hopeful immigrants, but Ontario ended the year with 300 additional applicants through the NOC C Pilot for low-skilled workers, plus 450 additional nominations.

Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) works to address labour market needs by providing pathways to permanent residency to foreign workers who want to move to Ontario. In 2020, the province issued a high number of nominations to workers in technology-related occupations and skilled trades, because these sectors had the greatest need for talent and high numbers of applicants.

About 20 percent of all nominations went to people with work experience or a job offer in a high-tech occupation, such as:

  • software engineers and designers;
  • computer programmers;
  • interactive media developers;
  • IT systems analysts; and
  • technology consultants.

In addition, more than 20 percent of nominees had work experience in a skilled trade. The OINP reported issuing more than 1,100 nominations under the Express Entry: Skilled Trades stream.

Less than half, 48 percent, of nominees had a job offer in Ontario before they got the provincial nomination. About 96 percent held a post-secondary degree, and at least 43 percent had adequate intermediate to fluent language skills in one of the official languages.

News Source: CIC NEWS

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