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There are changes to the streams belonging to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. Moreover, there is no detail regarding the fresh stream for overseas technology workers or also on the pilot of the new small communities’ announced during the provincial budget.

The details

Also, there is a proposed reduction in the investment as well as in the net worth threshold in the Entrepreneur Stream. Finally, there is an addition of fresh jobs presently eligible in the top Demand Skills Stream of the Job Offer Ontario plans to terminate the Corporate Stream. Moreover, there are some updates in the eligibility norms for a few immigration pathways. These proposed changes aim to improve the response of the Program to the needs of the current labor market and also of the employers. These proposed changes will take effect subsequent to the consultation period to the public, of 45 days, which end on May 30, 2019.

There are changes in these OINP streams:

  • Express Entry-aligned streams
  • Entrepreneur Stream
  • Masters Graduate & Ph.D. streams
  • Employer Job Offer top Demand Skills Stream
  • Entrepreneur Stream and finally
  • Corporate Stream
Other relevant facts
Also, the thresholds regarding the net-worth and investment in the Entrepreneur Stream will help the province to become competitive and also expand the base of future candidates. This Stream permits candidates in opening a fresh business or also to buy a present local business. These amendments will also increase the business quality.
Current minimum investment requirement Revised investment requirement
$1,000,000 minimum personal investment if the proposed business will be located within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)     $600,000
$500,000 minimum personal investment if the proposed business will be located outside the GTA.     $200,000
$500,000 minimum personal investment if the proposed business will be in the ICT/Digital Communications sector regardless of location.     $200,000
The proposed amendments will reduce the threshold of personal net worth.
Current net worth requirement Revised net worth requirement
$1,500,000 minimum personal investment if the proposed business will be located within the GTA.     $800,000
$800,000 minimum personal investment if the proposed business will be located outside the GTA.     $400,000
$800,000 minimum personal investment if the proposed business will be in the ICT/Digital Communications sector regardless of location.     $400,000
The impact
The amendments will introduce diverse job creation norms applicable to businesses that have a location inside the GTA, or outside it or in the ICT / or in the sector of Digital Communications. The present norms require all the applicants for creating two full-time and permanent, jobs in the initial 20 months of acquiring/establishing the business irrespective of the geographical location.
The change in this requirement:
The business, having a location within the GTA, has to create two full-time and permanent, jobs for citizens or PRs of Canada in the initial 20 months of acquiring/establishing the business. A business, having a location outside the GTA or also in the ICT / or in the sector of Digital Communications must create one full-time and permanent job for the citizens or PRs of Canada in the initial 20 months of acquiring/establishing the business.
Additional facts
Also, such jobs must be filled up constantly for 10 months prior to submitting the final report to the Program. Moreover, these jobs must exist while submitting the report and while issuing a PR nomination. The candidates must have the experience to manage the daily business operations wholly or partly and take up responsibility in the decision-making.
Employer Job Offer Stream
As per the 2019 budget, there will be an addition of truck drivers as well as personal support workers in the list of eligible jobs under the Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream. This stream favors such employers who face a shortage in low skilled occupations of the NOC Skill Level C and D. The changes also make the addition of three occupations to the present:
  • Nurse aides, orderlies and associates of the patient services  in NOC 3413:
  • Home support workers, not including housekeepers in NOC 4412
  • Transport truck drivers in NOC 7511
The amended proposes a lower the amount of payable, provincial work experience in that occupation from one year to nine months.
Streams aligned to Express Entry-
Moreover, there is a minor change in the starting date to qualify for the work experience in the three OINP streams that are aligned with the federal system. These are:
  •  The Human Capital Priorities,
  • Skilled Trades streams
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker
In the past, the work experience was assessed on the date of receiving the Notification of Interest by the applicant. In the new criteria, the date of application for the provincial nomination is important. These streams permit the Program in searching the Express Entry pool for candidates meeting their eligibility criteria. These candidates who submit the application and receive Ontario nomination also get 600 additional points in the EE rank score.
The two streams
Under the changes, applicants seeking the provincial nomination in Masters Graduate and Ph.D. Graduate streams need to submit a proof of obtaining a degree from an Ontario institution or also a letter from an Ontario institution signifying completion of the degree requirements. The document must have a date that is not more than two years old, The present requirements state that applicants should have, less than two years prior to the date of preparing the application, and also complete the requirements for obtaining the master’s/Ph.D. degree from a local institution.
Termination of Corporate Stream
There is a Government plan to terminate the Corporate Stream as it has failed to achieve the intended objective to bring global businesses to the province.

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