22 Jul, 2019
Similar to AIPP (Atlantic Immigrant Nominee Program) & British Columbia Regional Entrepreneur Pilot, Ontario is also planning to introduce an Immigration program targeting skilled foreign workers for its rural & smaller communities which are geographically & culturally diverse. The projected pilot program is intended to go effective in 2020.
Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade published this week stating they would be working with stakeholders in selected communities to assess interest in the recommended Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot and to gather material about “existing community immigrant attraction and retention efforts.” It doesn’t however name the communities involved in the discussions.
The government says they wish to target a population size of 20,000 to 200,000 people,arterres.fr, and work towards newcomer settlement infrastructures is underway.
The participation of both provincial & local bodies will facilitate in determining the interest and capacity for their participation in this pilot, which would be administered by the OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program).
Off late the Regional Pilots seems to have become a Canadian trend to attract foreign skilled workers to fulfil the gap Canada has in its economic development.
The Government of Ontario says& I quote “An Ontario pilot would specifically target the needs of Ontario communities and explore how to better regionalize the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program to better support Ontario employers in smaller communities,”; they intend playing a supporting role in the community-led efforts to attract skilled labour from across the globe.
Namely six communities Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins,www.purityherbs-islande.fr, North Bayhave been chosen to participate in the federal pilot, which works with smaller rural and remote communities in Ontario attracting foreign workers of various skill levels and providing them with permanent residence.
The proposed Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot follows calls by organizations in Northern Ontario for a program along the lines of the employer-driven Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which allows employers in Canada’s four Atlantic provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Nike Pas Cher,Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island — to hire foreign nationals for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally.The Atlantic Canada province accepted 2,272 applications through its immigration programs in 2018, compared to 1,651 in 2017, and it plans to achieve much greater numbers by the end of 2019.
Though this program is yet to be confirmed and still in its baby phase, the president of the Northern Policy Institute regularly discharges updates reviewing it. One of the topics of discussion has been about the jobs needed in the rural areas.It is suggested that about 70% of job vacancies in the rural area will fall under National Occupational Classification (NOC) code C or D.Nike Pas Cher, These codes include “middle-skilled” positions predominantly in sales, service and clerical assistance such as Receptionists, Court Clerks, Cleaners, Cashiers, Mine Labourers, Home Child Care Providers, Bartenders, Dental Assistants, Service Station Attendants, & so on.
What do you all think?
Do skilled workers from the Asian Sub-continents like Indian professionals have another opportunity here to exploit?
I guess only time will tell exactly the kind of skills, these programs intend to target.