Ontario provides new details of proposed nominee program changes

Ontario provides new details of proposed nominee program changes

Ontario has released new details of proposed changes to a number of key Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program streams. 

The changes touch on existing Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) streams and do not detail the new stream for foreign tech workers or the new smaller communities pilot announced in the province’s 2019 budget last week.

Two changes highlighted in the budget that are detailed are proposed reductions to the minimum investment and net worth thresholds for the OINP’s Entrepreneur Stream and the addition of new occupations to the seven that are currently eligible under the Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream.

Ontario is also proposing the termination of its Corporate Stream and minor updates to eligibility requirements for some of the OINP’s more popular immigration pathways, including its Express Entry-linked Human Capital Priorities, French-Speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades streams.

Among other goals, the OINP said the proposed changes are meant “to improve the responsiveness of the OINP to current labour market and employer needs, including supporting regions that do not traditionally see significant levels of immigration.”

All proposed changes would only go into effect after a 45-day public consultation period that ends May 30, 2019.

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