Ontario will be ramping up from 9,000 economic immigrants in 2021 to 18,000 by 2025. PHOTO courtesy PLZ
The Ontario government says it will double the number of economic immigrants it selects in 2025 to over 18,000 to help solve the province’s critical labour shortage.
With nearly 300,000 jobs going unfilled daily, this will allow Ontario to select more of the workers needed to fill gaps in critical industries like the skilled trades, the provincial government says.
“From 9,000 immigration spots in 2021 to over 18,000 in 2025, today’s announcement is a significant win for the people of Ontario and will help us control our economic destiny by selecting more of the skilled immigrants we know are well-placed to succeed and build stronger communities for all of us,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.
In April 2021, Minister McNaughton called on the federal government to double the number of immigrants allowed under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to help tackle the labour shortage. Ontario reached its allocation of 9,750 immigrants through the OINP in 2022, including 3,900 skilled trades workers.
“As we remain focused on addressing the acute labour market shortages and building a strong economy into the future, one thing remains certain: immigration is a key part of the solution,” said Sean Fraser, Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. “As Canada’s flagship regional economic immigration program, the Provincial Nominee Program’s increasing growth will support the long-term well-being of communities in Ontario.”
To further attract the skilled workers Ontario needs the most and ensure they can start working in their professions sooner, the province was the first in Canada to remove discriminatory barriers that prevent foreign-trained professionals from continuing their careers in sectors they trained in, such as engineering and skilled trades.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program allows the province to nominate individuals for permanent residence who have the skills and experience to contribute to Ontario’s economy. Ontario’s 2023 allocation represents 36% of the national allocation of provincial nominees.
“Increasing the province’s allocation of economic immigrants under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will help address labour shortages and ensure businesses find employees with the right skills. Our thanks to the Governments of Canada and Ontario for their continued action to support our ability to attract talent to the province,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce.