Two Ontario Employer Job Offer streams open and close on same day

Ontario opened applications for two streams under its Employer Job Offer category, yesterday. After experiencing technical difficulties and a short application period, both streams have reached their intake limit and have been closed.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Employer Job Offer category allows immigrants with a job offer to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence. They can apply in Canada or from abroad, as long as they have been hired for a permanent position with an Ontario employer.

On March 3, the OINP released a statement opening up applications to the International Student Stream. Intake was quickly paused due to “technical issues,” according to the OINP webpage.

It was later re-opened along with the Foreign Worker Stream, but shortly after applications to both streams had reached their intake limits and were closed.

The OINP said they received 1,322 successful registrations during the application intake window. Those who were successfully registered and received a file number have 14 days to submit an application, which takes about three hours on the OINP web portal.

“Demand for the streams was extremely high, so not all who wished to register were able to do so,” a representative from the OINP wrote CIC News in an email. “The OINP will continue to monitor intake of applications across all streams to determine when the Employer Job Offer: International Student and Foreign Worker streams will reopen in 2020.”

For now, applications to these two streams remain closed until further notice.

Applications are open to those who are eligible for the In-Demand Skills Stream under Ontario’s Employer Job Offer category.

Immigrating to work in Ontario
There are three streams under Ontario’s Employer Job Offer category:

Foreign Worker Stream, where applicants need a job offer in a skilled occupation with a National Occupation Classification (NOC) code type 0, A, or B.
International Student Stream, where eligible international student graduates require a job offer in a skilled occupation.
In-Demand Skills Stream, for international workers who have job offers in certain in-demand occupations.
However, the Employer Job Offer category is not the only option for foreigners who want to immigrate to Ontario.

The OINP Human Capital Category does not necessarily require candidates to have a job offer in the province. It includes sub-categories for both international student graduates and foreign workers.

Workers who are eligible for a federal Express Entry-managed program may be able to immigrate to Ontario through one of three streams:

Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream, a pathway for candidates who qualify for the Canadian Experience Class, or the Federal Skilled Worker Program. They must also meet certain work experience, study, and language requirements.
Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, bilingual candidates with skilled work experience may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination under this stream.
Ontario Express Entry: Skilled Trades Stream, for candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Program who have ongoing or recent experience working in the province.
Ontario’s International Graduate Streams include options for Masters and PhD graduates.

Masters Graduate Stream, international students who graduated with a master’s degree from an eligible Ontario institution may be able to apply for immigration to the province without a job offer. This stream is currently not accepting applications.
PhD Graduate Stream, those who obtained their PhD from an eligible Ontario university may be eligible for a provincial nomination without a job offer. Applications are currently open for this stream.

Canada to welcome over one million new immigrants between 2020-2022

Marco Mendicino laid out his vision for Canada’s immigration system today in Toronto.

It was his first major policy speech since his November 2019 appointment as Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Mendicino was appointed after the Liberal Party of Canada was re-elected to a second mandate in October and he is currently pursuing an immigration plan laid out in his mandate letter.

“Vision” speeches are a long-standing tradition among Canada’s immigration ministers. They outline the government’s aspirational goals and what policies and programs the government will pursue to achieve the goals.

Mendicino’s speech was no different.

Mendicino opened his speech by stating that Canada’s future depends on immigration. As such, it is critical to have a dialogue on how many people Canada needs to secure its economic prosperity.

This dialogue, Mendicino said, is necessary due to Canada’s demographic realities. As an aging country with a low birth rate, Canadians are living longer and not having enough children to maintain the size of its population.

This places greater pressure on Canada’s economy and fiscal standing. This is due to fewer workers being relied upon to fund rising government expenses, such as health care, which will become more expensive to deliver as the share of elderly Canadians continues to rise.

Mendicino said a major part of the solution is to welcome immigrants. Today, some 80 per cent of Canada’s population growth will come from immigration, and estimates suggest this will reach 100 per cent by the 2030s.

This is why Canada will welcome over one million immigrants over the next three years, said Mendicino, as he noted that he will formally table Canada’s 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan in March.

Express Entry will remain the flagship program for welcoming immigrants to Canada and has been successful since launching in January 2015. Mendicino noted that 95 per cent of Express Entry arrivals have jobs and some 80 per cent are working in their fields.

In addition, programs such as the Global Talent Stream and Atlantic Immigration Pilot have been key to supporting Canada’s economy.

Nonetheless, there remains a need to promote the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities across the country. This explains why the federal government launched the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot in 2019.

The Municipal Nominee Program (MNP) is another initiative that the federal government will pursue to help economic growth across Canada. The Minister stated that the government is in pre-consultations on what the program will look like and welcomes feedback from stakeholders on how to shape the MNP.

Minister Mendicino urged attendees to support a national dialogue that immigration is a net positive for Canada. He observed that Canada’s immigration system has been lauded by the OECD as the international standard on how to effectively manage an immigration system.

He concluded by stating that Canada is built on the strength of immigration.

Welcoming immigrants will help to grow the labour market, support businesses, and ensure that “Canada remains the best country in the world.”

Canada invites 3,400 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence

Canada has issued 3,400 invitations to apply for permanent residence to Express Entry candidates.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held this year’s second selection round on January 22.

Invitations were issued to Express Entry candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 471.

Quebec could admit up to 44,500 new permanent residents in 2020

Quebec could admit 44,500 new permanent residents and issue 24,700 new selection certificates in 2020, the province’s immigration ministry announced Wednesday. 

The majority of new admissions to Quebec in 2020 — 59 per cent — are expected to come through the province’s economic immigration programs, including the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

The province’s immigration ministry said its targets for 2020 respond to Quebec’s labour needs “while respecting its capacities for welcoming and integrating” the new arrivals.

The levels, which provide for an increase of 2,700 over its maximum of 41,800 newcomers this year, reflect the governing Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ)’s promise to progressively increase immigration levels to the province after reducing them by around 20 per cent.

The CAQ said the reduction was necessary to ensure new arrivals are properly integrated into Quebec’s majority French-speaking society and its labour market.

Quebec’s Immigration Minister, Simon Jolin-Barrette, said Wednesday that the province’s immigration level could return to above 50,000 — the level it was at when the CAQ won office in 2018 — by 2022.

To find out if you are eligible for immigration to Quebec

Maximum 22,000 skilled worker admissions in 2020

Quebec has set a range of between 25,500 and 26,300 new admissions for its economic immigration programs, including a maximum of 22,000 skilled workers.

The province has a maximum of 3,600 admissions for its business immigration programs, which include the Quebec Entrepreneur Program and the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program.

A maximum of 700 admissions is also set for “other economic categories” such as caregivers and others.

The remaining 18,200 new permanent residents are slated to arrive through family sponsorship, refugee and other immigration programs.

2020 Quebec Selection Certificate targets

Under the provisions of the Canada-Quebec Accord, Quebec has the power to select all Economic Class immigrants and certain refugees to the province.

Those selected are awarded a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ) and can then apply to Canada’s federal government for a permanent residence visa.

Quebec says around 71 per cent of total admissions to the province should be selected by the province.

Quebec’s plan calls for issuing between 20,100 and 24,700 selection certificates in 2020 — slightly less than its plan for 2019, which had a range of 20,200 to 24,800.

The majority — up to 15,000 — would go to skilled worker candidates.

The selection certificate targets are as follows:


2020 Selection certificate target

Skilled Workers  12,500 to 15,000
Business people  2,100 to 2,800
Other economic categories  600 to 800
Refugees (overseas)  4,500 to 5,500
Other immigrants  400 to 600

New requirements added to Quebec Experience Program

Quebec has introduced major changes to the requirements that international students and those with work experience in Quebec must meet in order to obtain permanent residence.

The changes affect the Quebec Experience Program (Programme de l’expérience québécoise, or PEQ). Some changes take effect on November 1, 2019, while others only start in the new year.

The province has not confirmed if these changes will affect pending applications to the program.

A key change is the introduction of an in-demand occupations list (available in French only) for worker applicants.

Those with work experience in the province who wish to apply to the PEQ must now have worked in an occupation on the list. The amount of work experience required depends on the job’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) code.

Those who work in occupations on the new in-demand list that are rated NOC 0, A, or B must have 12 months of Quebec work experience.

Those who work in NOC C or D occupations on the list need 18 months of work experience in the province.

International students applying to the PEQ will have to ensure their area of training is one of the Quebec degrees listed under sections A and B of Quebec’s Area of Training list.

That list is available here.

In addition, international students who are enrolled in a 900 hour Quebec program will be required to complete six months of work experience following their studies. The work experience must be related to their field of study. Eligible programs are listed in the document above.

Language requirements

As of January 1, 2020, changes to language requirements will affect both groups of PEQ applicants.

In order to demonstrate their French proficiency applicants will have three options:

  • take a standardized test;
  • meet the criteria set by a professional order; or
  • complete at least three years of full-time studies in French at the secondary or postsecondary level.

New language requirements will also be imposed on spousal visa applicants.

Both the applicant and their spouse will have to demonstrate a high intermediate level of French, or a CLB 7 or 8.