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Ontario’s New Program for Permanent Residence – OINP Regional Immigration Pilot, accepting applications

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July 10, 2020

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Ontario’s New Program for Permanent Residence – OINP Regional Immigration Pilot, accepting applications

Starting July 09, 2020, Ontario has started accepting applications for its new program – the regional immigration pilot, with the motif to bring foreign talent to Ontario communities.

The regional immigration pilot provides a new pathway to permanent residence for the prospective Ontario immigrants. Under OINP, foreign workers, international students, and others with the right skills, experience, and education get the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in Ontario.

This OINP Regional Immigration Pilot helps to fill the labor shortages in the rural communities of Ontario and support for its economic growth.

The immigration Pilot offers about 150 nominations under the employer job offer category, which is set for applicants for pilot communities, also giving the opportunity to the employers for marketing and outreach, with dedicated service support for the employers.

Specific criteria have not been set for the pilot as it works under the existing Employer Job Offer streams. So, if you qualify for any of the OINP Employer Job Offer streams, and if your job offer is from the employer within the pilot communities, you can then qualify for the pilot.

Participating communities for OINP Regional Pilot:

The participating communities in the pilot are:

  • Chatham-Kent
  • Cities of Belleville and Quinte West
  • City of Cornwall

Employer Job Offer Stream

The employer job offer category has three streams:

  • Foreign Worker stream – for skilled workers,
  • International Student stream – for recent graduates of an Ontario post-secondary institution
  • In-Demand Skills stream – for workers in specific sectors such as agriculture, construction, trucking, and personal support workers.

Qualifying Criteria:

To qualify for the Regional Immigration Pilot, the applicants must have

  • A full-time and permanent job offer from signed by the employer located in one of the pilot communities (Chatham-Kent, Cornwall or Quinte West/Belleville), that meets the following:
    • A minimum of 30 hours/week and at least 1560 hours in a year
    • Must not be seasonal, part-time, subcontractor or an agency position
    • Must be in skilled occupation NOC O, A or B
  • Must meet the low wage level for the occupation in the specific employment region of Ontario, where the applicant will be working
  • The job offer must align with the employer’s existing business activities and the position must be needed to grow or maintain ongoing activity
  • The employment activities related to the position must occur primarily in Ontario
  • Complete the form and sign along with the application

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