On Wednesday 17 April, the government of Ontario released the details of the changes the province planned for its Skilled Worker Streams and Immigrant Nominee Program.
There will be the addition of new target occupations to the province's In-Demand Skills Stream according to a proposal published a day earlier, and its Express Entry-linked streams will see a major change to its start date for qualifying work experience.
Employers in the construction and agricultural sectors who are facing labor shortages in lower skilled occupations are aided by In-Demand Skills Stream.
Details of the Changes
The national occupation classifications (NOC) that will see new additions are: NOC 3413 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates, NOC 7511 – Transport Truck Drivers as well as NOC 4412 – Home support workers and related occupations, housekeepers excluded.
Ontario's Express Entry
-linked streams including French Speaking Skilled Worker, Human Capital Priorities and Skilled Trades has work experience requirement that must be fulfilled by eligible candidates. The proposed change will result in a reduction of the work experience requirement from the current minimum of one year of paid full-time work experience to a minimum of nine months paid full-time work experience or the corresponding paid part-time work experience.
The government of the province revealed that the purpose of the changes is to make the programs respond better to the current labor market and employer needs. Public consultation has begun on the proposed changes until Thursday, May 30, 2019.
The changes were first mentioned during the announcement of the province's budget on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Plans to start a dedicated provincial stream for skilled technology workers
were also revealed during the budget announcement.
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