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Ontario Updates OINP Guidelines for Employers with Mobile Workers

Joseph Creech

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Ontario revises OINP Employer Guide, clarifying the minimum employee requirements for businesses with mobile workers, benefiting industries like construction.

On June 14, 2024, the Government of Ontario announced an important update to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s (OINP) Employer Guide, specifically addressing the minimum employee requirements for businesses with mobile workers. This update provides much-needed clarity for industries where employees frequently work across multiple job sites, such as construction.

The new guidelines define what constitutes a workplace for mobile workers, ensuring that businesses with non-stationary employees understand how to meet OINP requirements. According to the update, the minimum number of employees at a given location where a worker performs their duties or reports to work can now include both onsite workers and those who report to the location.

The term “report to work” is clearly defined in two ways: either as the location of the worker’s immediate supervisor or manager or the administrative office where the worker receives their assignments. This clarification helps businesses accurately count employees and ensures they meet the OINP’s minimum employee requirements.

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For locations within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the minimum number of employees remains at five. For locations outside the GTA, the minimum is set at three. This distinction allows for flexibility in different regions while maintaining consistent standards across the province.

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These updates are particularly beneficial for industries with dynamic work environments. The construction sector, for instance, often has workers moving between job sites and headquarters. By including mobile workers in the employee count, businesses can more easily comply with OINP requirements, facilitating smoother operations and better alignment with provincial immigration goals.

A spokesperson from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development commented on the update: “These changes reflect Ontario’s commitment to supporting diverse industries and ensuring our immigration programs are adaptable to various business models. By recognizing the unique needs of mobile workers, we are making it easier for employers to attract and retain skilled workers through the OINP.”

This update not only streamlines the process for businesses but also aligns with Ontario’s broader efforts to address labor market needs through targeted immigration programs. By providing clear guidelines, the province ensures that businesses can leverage the OINP to hire skilled workers without unnecessary administrative burdens.

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For employers, understanding and implementing these new guidelines is crucial for compliance and for making the most of the opportunities provided by the OINP. This clarity helps businesses navigate the complexities of employee management in sectors with fluid work environments.

As Ontario continues to refine its immigration programs, such updates are vital for maintaining a robust and responsive system that meets the needs of both employers and employees. The OINP remains a key tool in addressing labor shortages and supporting economic growth across the province.

For more information on the updated guidelines and how they affect your business, visit the official OINP website.

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