In a recent statement to the Toronto Star, Ontario Premier Doug Ford expressed the need for more skilled workers to fill the province’s current labour shortage. While newcomers to Canada could help address this issue, it is not likely to be a quick fix. It currently takes approximately 26 months for workers’ applications to be processed and 18 months for those using the Express Entry process.
So far, in 2022, Ontario has brought in 9,700 workers through immigration. While this is a decent sum within only seven months, Ontario had hoped to receive 18,000 workers. There are 378,000 jobs vacant in the province, with many in health care and construction.
Increasingly, Canadian employers are looking to the immigration system to help fill the gaps in labour. Canada’s labour force grows thanks to the many new Canadians who come to start a better life and, in turn, contribute to the Canadian economy.
According to a report prepared by the Business Council of Canada, nearly two-thirds of companies surveyed report recruiting workers through Canada’s immigration system. Others hire immigrants who already reside in Canada. Immigration can not only help enhance diversity in the workplace, but it can also help provide the expertise that cannot be attained in Canada but is essential to an enterprise’s growth. Half of the employers surveyed by the Business Council of Canada support increasing admission targets for immigrants in the economic class in particular.
The following programs may be helpful to foreign nationals hoping to immigrate to Ontario and support the local economy through their labour:
The Provincial Nominee Program is created for workers with the requisite skills, experience, and education to contribute to a Canadian province’s economy. The workers must want to live in the particular province and become permanent residents of Canada. Each province or territory has its own stream that reflects its unique needs.
Ontario’s program is called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. Unlike some other provincial programs, Ontario’s economic immigration program operates in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program nominates applicants for permanent residents, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada makes the final decision. There are nine streams prospective immigrants can choose from:
The Federal Skilled Worker Program is available to those with the required language ability, education, and skilled work experience. If these requirements are met, a foreign national’s application will be assessed in a points system with regard to the following:
The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for foreign nationals who want to become permanent residents of Canada for being qualified in a skilled trade. At a minimum, applicants to this stream must:
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