A major change to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

Ontario Expands the In-Demand Skills Stream by 35 New Occupations. A major change to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has included the addition of 35 new jobs to the in-demand skills stream, effective July 1, 2024. Workers in TEER 4 or 5 occupations who are not eligible for federal Express Entry now have more options thanks to this increase, which raises the total number of eligible occupations to 56.

New Eligible Occupations

 The new additions include various roles such as home support workers, construction trades helpers, and machine operators. The eligibility for these occupations is categorised based on the job location, either within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) or outside it. The new occupations are eligible effective July 1.

Below occupations are eligible if the position offered is in any location in Ontario:
  • NOC 44101 – Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
  • NOC 65202 – Meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
  • NOC 75110 – Construction trades helpers and labourers
  • NOC 75119 – Other trades helpers and labourers
  • NOC 84120 – Specialised livestock workers and farm machinery operators
  • NOC 85100 – Livestock labourers
  • NOC 85101 – Harvesting labourers
  • NOC 85103 – Nursery and greenhouse labourers
  • NOC 94141 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
Below are the eligible occupations if the position offered is outside the Greater Toronto Area  (City of Toronto, Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions).
  • NOC 14400: Shippers and Receivers
  • NOC 14402: Production logistics workers
  • NOC 65320 – Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations
  • NOC 74200 – Railway yard and track maintenance workers
  • NOC 74203 – Automotive and heavy truck and equipment parts installers and servicers
  • NOC 74204 – Utility maintenance workers the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
  • NOC 74205 – Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers
  • NOC 75101 – Material handlers
  • NOC 75211 – Railway and motor transport labourers
  • NOC 75212 – Public works and maintenance labourers
  • NOC 85102 – Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
  • NOC 94100 – Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
  • NOC 94101 – Foundry workers
  • NOC 94102 – Glass forming and finishing machine operators and glass cutters
  • NOC 94103 – Concrete, clay and stone forming operators
  • NOC 94104 – Inspectors and testers, mineral and metal processing
  • NOC 94105 – Metalworking and forging machine operators
  • NOC 94106 – Machining tool operators
  • NOC 94107 – Machine operators of other metal products
  • NOC 94110 – Chemical plant machine operators
  • NOC 94111 – Plastics processing machine operators
  • NOC 94112 – Rubber processing machine operators and related workers
  • NOC 94120 – Sawmill machine operators
  • NOC 94121 – Pulp mill, papermaking and finishing machine operators
  • NOC 94123 – Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders
  • NOC 94124 – Woodworking machine operators
  • NOC 94132 – Industrial sewing machine operators
  • NOC 94140 – Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
  • NOC 94142 – Fish and seafood plant workers
  • NOC 94143 – Testers and graders, food and beverage processing
  • NOC 94200 – Motor vehicle assemblers, inspectors and testers
  • NOC 94201 – Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
  • NOC 94202 – Assemblers and inspectors, electrical appliance, apparatus and equipment manufacturing
  • NOC 94203 – Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers
  • NOC 94204 – Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
  • NOC 94205 – Machine operators and inspectors, electrical apparatus manufacturing
  • NOC 94211 – Assemblers and inspectors of other wood products
  • NOC 94212 – Plastic products assemblers, finishers and inspectors
  • NOC 94213 – Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
  • NOC 94219 – Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors
  • NOC 95100: Labourers in mineral and metal processing
  • NOC 95101 – Labourers in metal fabrication
  • NOC 95102 – Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities
  • NOC 95103 – Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing
  • NOC 95104 – Labourers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing
  • NOC 95106 – Labourers in food and beverage processing
  • NOC 95107: Labourers in fish and seafood processing
Impact on Economic Growth

The province’s economy is expected to be significantly impacted by the addition of 35 new jobs to Ontario’s in-demand skills stream. This program aims to alleviate severe labour shortages in multiple industries, which should stimulate innovation and productivity in Ontario’s economy.

First of all, by filling these in-demand positions, companies may increase productivity, satisfy customer requests, and grow. For example, jobs like home health aides and assistants in construction trades are critical to the development of the community’s infrastructure and the provision of key services.

Second, drawing qualified individuals to these positions helps Ontario’s workforce remain competent and diverse. Diversity in the workplace fosters creativity and innovation, which propels technological developments and increases a company’s competitiveness in both domestic and international markets.

Furthermore, the economic advantages go beyond the creation of new jobs right away. As talented professionals relocate to the Ontario immigrant, they increase consumer spending and the province’s tax base, which boosts further economic activity in a number of industries. This surge in skilled workers also helps sectors like technology and healthcare that depend on specialised knowledge, making the economy more flexible and robust.

All things considered, the inclusion of these 35 professions in Ontario’s in-demand skills stream not only closes the gap in the labour market but also sets the province prepared for long-term, steady economic growth.

2024 OINP Draws and Invitations 

Despite the fact that no fresh OINP draws for 2024 have been published, the longer list of vocations raises the possibility of future rounds. In 2023, OINP took a proactive stance in meeting Ontario’s labour market needs by issuing 1,069 PR invites over the course of four drawings.

Highest Paying In-Demand Jobs in Ontario 

The top 10 highest-paying non-managerial jobs in the Ontario immigrant, based on recent data, include: 

  • Software Engineers and Designers – $51.70/hour 
  • Lawyers and Quebec Notaries – $51.50/hour
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers – $41.00/hour 
  • Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) – $37.95/hour
  • Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses – $37.40/hour
  • Financial Advisors – $36.55/hour Plumbers – $35.10/hour 
  • Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics – $34.80/hour 
  • Drafting Technologists and Technicians – $31.00/hour 
  • Medical Radiation Technologists – $30.80/hour
Changes for Nursing Professionals

With effect from July 1, 2024, The Ontario immigrant has also loosened the educational criteria for nurses who are registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). This will allow professionals to apply under the French-speaking Skilled Worker and Express Entry Human Capital Priorities streams more easily.

An intentional step to solve labour shortages and promote economic growth is the addition of 35 new jobs to Ontario’s in-demand skills stream. It is advised that prospective applicants check the updated list to see if they qualify for these new opportunities.

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