Ontario has just achieved a new milestone in its nominations for Canadian permanent residence as it gets to nominate 6,900 immigration candidates for permanent residence via the province’s nominee program in 2019, which is its largest yet.
Ontario, the most populous province in Canada, is the most preferred destination for large chunks of immigrants entering Canada each year.
Through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), nine provinces and two territories in Canada get to fill specific needs in the labor market by selecting a predetermined number of immigrants for Canadian permanent residents per year.
In 2018, Ontario’s 6,600 nominations were the largest Canadian nomination granted via PNP in the country. It got even better towards the end of the year when an additional 250 allocations were granted to Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) which took total nominations in the year to 6,850. Yet, due to the high demand for the province’s nomination program, Ontario had submitted a request for additional 1,000 nominations for 2019 fiscal year.
Increase in Annual Admission Target
The rise in Ontario’s allocation reflects Canada’s decision to increase PNP’s admission target for both 2019 and 2020. A total of 61,000 immigrants are expected to be granted permanent residence this year, representing an increase of 6,000 in comparison to the target of 55,000 set for 2018.
The allocation given to Ontario for 2019 comprises 6,650 nominations as principal allocation and another 250 nominations for intermediate-skilled temporary foreign workers (TFWs).
The principal 6,650 allocations is done via several immigration pathways of OINP. Federal Skilled Trades Class, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Worker Class are Ontario’s three immigration stream linked to the Express Entry system of Ottawa – Canada’s federal government.
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