Ontario is considering allowing one-year college graduate students to apply to the OINP
The Ontario Government plans to amend the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to increase eligibility for international college graduate students. The proposed legislation focuses on revising requirements for those in one-year college graduate certificate programs, with over 900 such programs across the province.
This offers international students who previously considered moving to other provinces a better chance for permanent residency. The changes, possibly approved next week and implemented early next year, also ban Canadian work experience as a job prerequisite, facilitating more qualified candidates to progress in the interview process.
Studies show that helping recently arrived immigrants with foreign training to find jobs in the fields they studied for could increase the province’s GDP by as much as $100 billion over a period of five years. Ontario receives more immigrants than any other province.
Through the OINP, Ontario will nominate 16,500 immigrants this year for permanent residence in a number of key sectors, including skilled trades and healthcare.
Ontario bans Canadian work experience as a job prerequisite, facilitating more qualified candidates
The Government of Ontario proposes legislation prohibiting employers from requiring “Canadian work experience” in job applications. Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skills Development believes this will address labor shortages by allowing newcomers to secure better-suited jobs instead of settling for positions overqualified.
Ontario aims to enable internationally trained immigrants to work in their fields of study, fostering their integration and supporting the provincial workforce. Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism, Michael Ford, states this change will benefit families, communities, and businesses.
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