Ontario Needs Skilled Immigrants
Ottawa —Today, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement calling on the federal government to allow Ontario to nominate more immigrants who can bring the skills and experience needed to grow the economy and create jobs.
"The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is a key step in addressing the province's skilled labour shortage by helping bring workers with the skills and experience required to solve our economic challenges. This program helps grow our booming technology sector, staff the skilled construction trades, and meet regional needs.
In order to ensure a prosperous future for Ontario, our province requires immigrants with the skills and experience our economy needs. Under the leadership of Premier Ford, I am committed to attracting skilled workers to the province to fill gaps in the labour market, meet the needs of employers and help businesses grow, for the benefit of the people of Ontario.
Ontario is only allowed to select a disproportionately small allocation of economic immigrants compared to other provinces, at around 15 per cent - no other province is below 40 per cent.
We have asked the federal government to significantly increase our allocation so we can nominate people who have the job skills and education employers need. We are asking our federal counterparts to, over the next two years, 2020-2022, double the current annual allocations through the program to 13,300.
Last year, our government requested an increased allocation and only received an additional 50 positions. This simply does not meet the needs of Ontario's economy, and does not support economic growth and job creation.
Last week, Ontario started accepting applications for international students with job offers in our province. Within hours, not even days, the maximum number of applications allowed by the federal government had been reached.
We need greater control to help ensure our specific economic needs are met. We need it to create jobs and prosperity for everyone as we build our province together."