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  • By Andrew Carvajal

Changes to Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

The Ontario government announced three proposed changes to the Ontario Regulation 422/17 (General), a Minister's Regulation made under the Ontario Immigration Act, 2015. If approved, these changes will modify the employer-driven streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

The first proposed change consists in adding 13 new manufacturing occupations to the In-Demand Skills category. The proposed additional National Occupational Classifications, which only apply to positions outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), include:

  • 9537 Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

  • 9417 Machining tool operators

  • 9536 Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators

  • 9422 Plastics processing machine operators

  • 9446 Industrial sewing machine operators

  • 9416 Metalworking and forging machine operators

  • 9411 Machine operators, mineral and metal processing

  • 9421 Chemical plant machine operators

  • 9523 Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers

  • 9461 Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing

  • 9437 Woodworking machine operators

  • 9418 Other metal products machine operators

  • 9526 Mechanical assemblers and inspectors

The second proposed change involves the elimination of having to prove settlement funds in the case of In-Demand Skills applicants.

The final change involves the introduction of limits on the number of applications accepted per employer under the International Student and Foreign Worker streams. The limits will be:

  • 1 application per 5 permanent, full-time employees for positions in the GTA; OR

  • 1 application per 3 permanent, full-time employees for positions outside the GTA

Similar limits on the number of nominations based on the employer’s workforce existed when the OINP was subject to a two step nomination process a couple of years ago.

Want to learn more about OINP? On March 10, Andrew Carvajal will be offering a 4 hour CPD course on Navigating the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. To review the course agenda and register, visit

For further information on the different programs available to immigrate to Canada contact us at​


Desloges Law Group is a Toronto law firm specializing in all types of Canadian immigration law, administrative law and civil litigation.


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