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New Immigration Program to Support Agriculture and Construction Sectors

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New Immigration Program to Support Agriculture and Construction Sectors

Province Filling Labour Market Gaps to Grow the Economy

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is helping employers in the booming construction and agriculture sectors find and retain the workers they need, through a new In-Demand Skills Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). 

This enhancement to the OINP is a pilot project based on labour market needs and input from trade unions, employers and other key stakeholders. The province will closely monitor the pilot and make adjustments as necessary to ensure it meets the needs of employers. 

The province continues to modernize the OINP application process with paperless online systems, which speed up the application process and improve customer service. All applications for the In-Demand Skills Stream must be submitted online. 

Attracting newcomers to help employers meet their labour market needs is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s federal nomination allocation has increased from 2,500 in 2014 to 6,000 in 2017.
  • This stream is based on National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, and is restricted to seven specific in-demand occupations in the agriculture and construction sectors at NOC C and D level: NOC 7441, NOC 7521, NOC 8431, NOC 8432, NOC 8611, NOC 7611, and NOC 9462. The province may consider labour-recruitment challenges from other sectors for future program enhancements.
  • The In-Demand Skills Stream complements existing OINP streams that attract high-skilled workers to the province and help boost Ontario’s economy.
  • From 2007-2015 over 3,500 job vacancies were filled through the OINP, benefiting over 260 businesses.

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“Ontario’s economic growth depends on attracting immigrants with the right skills to fill our labour market needs so that our employers and communities can thrive and excel. The new In-Demand Skills Stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will put these talents where they are needed and support Ontario’s booming construction and agriculture industries.”

Laura Albanese

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration



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