March 5, 2019 – Ontario issued provincial nominations to 6,850 candidates in 2018, representing 13,571 new immigrants including dependents, figures show.
A newly-released Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program report shows strong demand across the board for the provincial streams operated by Canada’s largest province.
The OINP was granted an extra nomination allocation for the second consecutive year by the federal government, after reaching its initial allocation of 6,600 nominations in November.
An extra 250 nominations were granted in December, bringing the total to 6,850 primary candidates, with 6,721 spouses and dependents.
Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream garnered the most nominations with 2,190, with the Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream attracting 1,254 and the Masters Graduate Stream 1,215.
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Breakdown of Ontario Nominations Issued In 2018
|Stream||Number of Nominations|
|Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream||1,254|
|Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream||35|
|Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream||934|
|PhD Graduate Stream||175|
|Masters Graduate Stream||1,215|
|Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream||648|
|Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream||2,190|
|Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream||387|
|Business Streams footnote 2||12|
Source: Ontario Government
The provincial report highlighted that a quarter of 2018 nominations went to candidates with skills and experience in technology occupations.
Popular occupations included software engineers and designers, computer programmers, interactive media developers, IT systems analysts and technology consultants.
Ontario also surpassed its 5 per cent target for Francophone immigration, reaching a record high of 7.7 per cent or 526 Francophone nominees through both the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and the Human Capital Priorities Stream.
Candidates from India and China dominated Ontario nominations in 2018, accounting for more than 4,000 out of the 6,850 candidates.
However, the province issued nominations to candidates from 147 different countries in total.
Ontario 2018 Nominations: Top 10 Countries of Birth
|Country of Birth||Number of Nominations|
Source: Ontario Government
Analyzing the core attributes of successful candidates, statistics showed more than a third had an Ontario job offer in hand prior to nomination.
Meanwhile, more than 94 per cent had a post-secondary degree, and 60 per cent had high language skills at Canadian Language Benchmark Level 7 or above.
Ontario plans to be as responsive as possible to the needs of employers during 2019. It is yet to receive its federal government allocation for this year.
Nominations issued and permanent residents received through the OINP represent a fraction of the Ontario total.
As Canada’s largest province, home to the largest city of Toronto, thousands of newcomers through federal programs choose to make Ontario their home.
In 2018, federal government figures show Ontario received 137,395 new immigrants, compared to 111,950 in 2017 and 110,020 in 2016.
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