The top 10 occupations nominated by Ontario
The demand for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) continues to be strong despite the impact of the pandemic. In 2021, the OINP was able to nominate 9,000 individuals. This included 250 applicants through the NOC C Pilot. In addition, approximately 25% of all nominations were to individuals citing work experience or a job offer in a high-tech occupation. For example:
- software engineers and designers,
- computer programmers,
- IT systems analysts, also
- technology consultants.
Let’s explore the top occupations nominated by the OINP.
Top 10 occupations nominated by the OINP
|National Occupational Classification
|Number of nominations
|Software engineers and designers
|Advertising, marketing, and public relations managers
|Financial auditors and accountants
|Computer programmers and interactive media developers
|Food service supervisors
|Transport truck drivers
|Database analysts, data administrators
|Professional occupations in business management consulting
|Corporate sales managers
|Computer and information systems managers
Other occupations in high demand in 2021 included human resources professionals; banking, credit and other investment managers; web designers and developers. Also, supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling coordination occupations; cooks; and other administrative services managers.
Further, in 2021, roughly 15% of nominees had work experience in a skilled trade. In addition, over 800 nominations were made under the program’s Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker and In-Demand Skills streams. Of course, the top skilled trades occupations of nominees were in occupations such as:
- Transport truck drivers,
- Machinists machining and tooling inspectors,
- Carpenters, and
The OINP also nominated health workers to address labour shortages in health care. The program nominated over 100 healthcare workers in 2021, including approximately 50 personal support workers.
In addition, the program issued its second nomination under its Entrepreneur stream. By the end of 2021, 32 other applicants were in the stream’s compliance monitoring process. This included nine applicants living in Ontario and working to establish their businesses. Moreover, the OINP anticipated that these 32 Entrepreneur stream candidates would invest over $25.2 million dollars and hire 133 Ontarians.
About the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
The OINP allows the province to nominate, for permanent residence, individuals who have the skills and experience to contribute to Ontario’s economy. With an Ontario nomination, individuals then apply to the federal government, through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residence.
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