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Highlights of Ontario's First Immigration Strategy

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Highlights of Ontario's First Immigration Strategy

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario's immigration strategy outlines three major objectives and targets:

 Attracting a skilled workforce and growing a stronger economy

  • As immigration increases, raise the proportion of economic immigrants to 70 per cent from the current level of 52 per cent.
  • Increase Ontario's role in selecting the immigrants who meet our unique labour market needs.
  • Request a doubling of our Provincial Nominee Program from the federal government to 2,000 in 2013, increasing to 5,000 in 2014.
  • Maximize the potential of temporary foreign workers and international students.

 Helping newcomers and their families achieve success

  • Improve job prospects for non-economic immigrants.
  • Provide more resources for employers to recruit and welcome immigrant employees.
  • Encourage employers to develop or expand mentorship, internship and on-the-job training programs.
  • Achieve five per cent francophone immigration.

Leveraging the global connections of our diverse communities

  • Growing a globally-connected economy by increasing the employment rates of highly skilled immigrants in their fields.
  • Maximizing the global value of immigrants already here by decreasing their unemployment rate to the provincial average.
  • Leveraging global expertise by removing barriers and increasing the number of internationally trained professionals licensed in their professions.

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