The Canadian province of Ontario is planning to align the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) with the latest National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021 system. The new NOC system is already in use by Employment Development Canada (EDSC) and Statistics Canada (StatsCan), while IRCC will be executing the system in November.
This reform will affect the OINP by changing what occupations are qualifying for each stream. For instance, Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) which formerly required a job offer or work experience in NOC skill types 0, A, or B will come under TEER 0,1,2, or 3.
“For the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills stream that earlier required a job offer in select NOC skill level C or D occupations, the immigration stream will now need job offers in select TEER 4 or 5 occupations under NOC 2021. Under the NOC 2021, few occupations will be altering the NOC label and this will have an impact on which stream they qualify for.”
Ontario is intending to require Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker stream candidates to have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 Level or above. The Canadian province exclaims adding the new language criteria would align with “the program’s intent in promoting employees’ positive addition and is anticipated to better safeguard candidates and the OINP against misrepresentation and other integrity concerns.
The education criteria for the Employer Job Offer International Student stream is also needed to be discussed. Ontario requires people who are applying with a certificate of a minimum of one year must meet the criteria of the Ontario College Graduate Certificate as mentioned under the Ontario Qualifications Framework. The province mentions that the reform is expected to provide clarity and minimize burdens for International Student stream applicants applying for one-year certificates.
Lastly, Ontario needs to make amendments to the minimum amount for the OINP’s managerial monetary penalties. Everyone can preview the changes on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry.
NOC 2021 to Impact Express Entry Eligibility
On November 16, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are expected to implement NOC 2021. The change in Express Entry-eligible occupations will subsequently affect eligibility for Ontario’s Express Entry-aligned PNPs.
Below mentioned 16 occupations will qualify for Express Entry through the projected regulatory changes:
- Payroll administrators
- Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
- Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
- Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
- Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
- Sheriffs and bailiffs
- Correctional service officers
- By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers
- Estheticians, electrologists, and related occupations
- Residential and commercial installers and servicers
- Pest controllers and fumigators
- Other repairers and servicers
- Transport truck drivers
- Bus drivers, subway operators, and other transit operators
- Heavy equipment operators
- Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
On the other hand, these three occupations will hereby become ineligible specifically through Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program:
- Other performers
- Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness
- Tailors, dressmakers, furriers, and milliners