Ontario Immigration 2020 to target the Manufacturing sector

The Employer Job Offer category of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is all set to put its focus on filling the shortage of labor in its manufacturing sector by adding a list of 13 eligible occupations. The prospective applicants for the new National Occupational Classification codes will be eligible based upon whether their job offer is outside the Greater Toronto Area of Canada.

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, the proposed regulation amendment would look at the fact that these NOC codes of Ontario Immigration will be applicable to all three Ontario immigration Employer Job Offer streams namely the Foreign Worker, International Student and In-Demand Skills.

The proposal says “The purpose of the proposed amendment is to respond to regional feedback so the OINP is more responsive to labor market needs in manufacturing sectors in communities outside the GTA that do not see significant levels of immigration.”

Here are the 13-brand new National occupational codes under the Employer Job Offer Category:

  1. 537 Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors
  2. 9417 Machining tool operators
  3. 9536 Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
  4. 9422 Plastics processing machine operators
  5. 9446 Industrial sewing machine operators
  6. 9416 Metalworking and forging machine operators
  7. 9411 Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
  8. 9421 Chemical plant machine operators
  9. 9523 Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
  10. 9461 Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
  11. 9437 Woodworking machine operators
  12. 9418 Other metal products machine operators
  13. 9526 Mechanical assemblers and inspectors


These new NOC codes will be in addition to the 10 already existing ones, that can still be applied to the In-Demand Skilled stream, with no geographical limitation.

Here is the current list of In-Demand eligible occupations under the skilled stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, that help you apply for a Canada PR visa in terms of the choice of your occupation:

  1. NOC 3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  2. NOC 4412 Home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
  3. NOC 7441 Residential and commercial installers and servicers
  4. NOC 7511 Transport truck drivers
  5. NOC 7521 Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
  6. NOC 8431 General farmworkers
  7. NOC 8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers
  8. NOC 8611 Harvesting laborer’s
  9. NOC 7611 Construction trades helpers and laborer’s
  10. NOC 9462 Industrial butchers, meat cutters, poultry preparers, related workers


Not only does the amendment propose an addition of NOC codes to the list of eligible occupations but also looks to introduce the removal of settlement fund requirements for the category, and then propose limitations on the approval of the number of applications that can be submitted regarding the position of employment within a calendar year.

This move is intended to reduce the administrative burden on the staff of this Canada province nomination program. The limited number of applications will be only restricted to the International Student and Foreign Worker streams.

This proposed change is aimed to “ensure no single work location seeks a disproportionate number of foreign workers, and reinforce the requirement that employers seek to hire Canadian citizens or permanent residents first.”

The proposed limitations are the following:

  • One application each five current permanent and full-time employees (employment position within the GTA).
  • One application each three current permanent and full-time employees (employment position outside the GTA)

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