Author: Al Parsai, LL.M, RCIC-IRB
Last Updated On: July 6, 2024

Ontario Expands In-Demand Skills Job List

On July 4, 2024, Ontario announced a major expansion to its In-Demand Skills Stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). This program, designed to address labour shortages in key sectors, now includes a broader range of occupations. These changes aim to attract more skilled workers to Ontario, enhance the province’s economic growth and address critical workforce needs.

The In-Demand Skills Stream allows Ontario employers to fill labour gaps by hiring foreign workers in specific occupations. This stream focuses on occupations with high demand and provides a pathway to permanent residency for eligible workers. To qualify, applicants must have a job offer from an Ontario employer in an eligible occupation and meet other specific criteria.

For more details on the In-Demand Skills Stream, please read my article.

Changes to the In-Demand Skills Stream

The recent changes, effective July 1, 2024, expand the list of eligible occupations, particularly for positions outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This update reflects feedback from consultations held in the fall of 2023. The changes aim to make the program more inclusive and responsive to the evolving needs of Ontario’s labour market. However, OINP has not yet invited anyone to participate in this program in 2024.

New Jobs Added to the List – Outside GTA Only

The expanded list of eligible occupations includes the following positions for areas outside the GTA:

  • 14400 – Shippers and Receivers
  • 14402 – Production logistics workers
  • 65320 – Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations
  • 74200 – Railway yard and track maintenance workers
  • 74203 – Automotive and heavy truck and equipment parts installers and servicers
  • 74204 – Utility maintenance workers
  • 74205 – Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers
  • 75101 – Material handlers
  • 75211 – Railway and motor transport labourers
  • 75212 – Public works and maintenance labourers
  • 85102 – Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
  • 94101 – Foundry workers
  • 94102 – Glass forming and finishing machine operators and glass cutters
  • 94103 – Concrete, clay and stone forming operators
  • 94104 – Inspectors and testers, mineral and metal processing
  • 94112 – Rubber processing machine operators and related workers
  • 94120 – Sawmill machine operators
  • 94121 – Pulp mill, papermaking and finishing machine operators
  • 94123 – Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders
  • 94142 – Fish and seafood plant workers
  • 94143 – Testers and graders, food and beverage processing
  • 94200 – Motor vehicle assemblers, inspectors and testers
  • 94202 – Assemblers and inspectors, electrical appliance, apparatus and equipment manufacturing
  • 94203 – Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers
  • 94205 – Machine operators and inspectors, electrical apparatus manufacturing
  • 94211 – Assemblers and inspectors of other wood products
  • 94212 – Plastic products assemblers, finishers and inspectors
  • 95100 – Labourers in mineral and metal processing
  • 95101 – Labourers in metal fabrication
  • 95103 – Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing
  • 95104 – Labourers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing
  • 95106 – Labourers in food and beverage processing
  • 95107 – Labourers in fish and seafood processing

A New NOC Title for All Over Ontario

Additionally, the following occupation is added for positions located in any location in Ontario (inside and outside the Greater Toronto Area):

  • 75119 – Other trades helpers and labourers

This significant expansion opens new opportunities for foreign workers aiming to settle in Ontario. These latest job categories address various sectors, ensuring that a wide range of skills can now contribute to the province’s economy.

Explore Your Immigration Options

Consider booking a consultation session if you are interested in these new opportunities. Understanding your eligibility and the application process is crucial. Expert advice can help you navigate the complexities of the OINP and enhance your chances of success.

Don’t miss out on this chance to explore your options under the newly expanded In-Demand Skills Stream. A consultation can provide personalized guidance and support, making your journey to permanent residency smoother and more efficient.

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Al Parsai, LL.M, RCIC-IRB

Al Parsai is a distinguished Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) hailing from vibrant Toronto, Canada. Al's academic achievements include an esteemed role as an adjunct professor at prestigious Queen's University Law School and Ashton College, as well as a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University (Osgood Hall Law School). A respected member of CICC, Al's insights are further enriched by his experience as the dynamic CEO of Parsai Immigration Services. Guiding thousands of applicants from over 55 countries through the immigration process since 2011, Al's articles offer a wealth of invaluable knowledge for readers.