Ontario recently revamped its immigration intake system and is more active than ever when it comes to inviting new skilled candidates. While Ontario happens to be the most desired destination for immigrants, the province still has problems when it comes to attracting newcomers to the rural communities.
On May 25, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) organized its very first PNP draw to target the candidates who have managed to secure job offers in three particular rural communities. It was the third Expression of Interest (EOI) draw to be held since Ontario started using the newer application intake method in April.
A total of 64 candidates received invitations to apply in this Ontario PNP draw. These skilled candidates will now have the chance to submit their application for a provincial nomination.
Regional Immigration Pilot 2020
Ontario introduced the Regional Immigration Pilot last year, and the May 25 draw was the first one ever to be associated with it. The purpose with which the Regional Immigration Pilot was launched was to solve the labor shortages in some of the rural communities.
Ontario will be able to assign 150 nominations to three specific rural locations in 2021: Cornwall, Chatham-Kent, and Quinte West/Belleville. These communities were chosen after they demonstrated that they suffered from labor shortages in certain skilled professions.
Ontario PNP distributed the invitations among immigration candidates with an existing profile under the EOI pool. The candidates who received invitations were automatically registered through the Regional Immigration Pilot. They can submit their applications via the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream.