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Ontario asks the federal government to significantly increase the number of nominations

Each year, the federal government, through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allocates a certain number of nominations to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

In 2021, Ontario received an allocation of 8,350 nominations. It also had an additional 250 nominations for temporary foreign workers in intermediate skilled occupations. This means NOC Skill Level C. However, this number is not enough to cover the number of job vacancies. According to Statistics Canada, the number of job vacancies in Ontario has increased from 234,000 in October of last year to almost 316,000 vacant jobs last month.

We contacted the Ministry of Labour to know the number of skilled workers that will be allowed next year. A spokesperson told us that they are on track to issue all of these nominations -fewer than 9,000- by the end of the year. However they “have asked the federal government to significantly increase our allocation next year.”

“We have yet to hear back from them on this request” he added.

A report by The Canadian Press says that Labour Minister Monte McNaughton reached out recently to the newly-appointed federal Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser. Minister McNaughton asked for an increase in the number of skilled workers allowed into Ontario under the program.

Ontario wants more control over the number of immigrants allowed under the program. As well as process of selecting them, McNaughton said. Currently, health-care workers and those working in skilled trades are most needed in Ontario, he added.

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