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Ontario’s provincial government is planning to add 13 manufacturing jobs to the eligible occupations under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s Employer Job Offer category.

Candidates for the new National Occupational Classification codes will only be eligible if their job offer is outside of the Greater Toronto Area.

A proposed regulation amendment posted on Wednesday, January 15, would see the new NOC codes applicable to all three Ontario immigration Employer Job Offer streams: Foreign Worker, International Student and In-Demand Skills.

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


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Employer Job Offer Category: 13 Proposed New NOC Codes

  1. 9537 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

The new NOC codes would be added to the existing 10 that already apply specifically to the In-Demand Skilled stream, with no geographical limitation.


Current In-Demand Skilled Stream Eligible Occupations

National Occupations Classification Job Title
NOC 3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
NOC 4412 Home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
NOC 7441 Residential and commercial installers and servicers
NOC 7511 Transport truck drivers
NOC 7521 Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
NOC 8431 General farmworkers
NOC 8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers
NOC 8611 Harvesting labourers
NOC 7611 Construction trades helpers and labourers
NOC 9462 Industrial butchers, meat cutters, poultry preparers, related workers

As well as adding the NOC codes, the amendment also proposes to remove settlement fund requirements for the category, and introduce limits on the number of applications for approval of an employment position that can be submitted in a calendar year.

The removal of the settlement fund requirement is intended to reduce the administrative burden on OINP staff. 

The limited number of applications will apply only to the International Student and Foreign Worker streams.

The proposed change is designed 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.”

Limits are proposed as follows:

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

The proposals are open for stakeholders to comment until March 2, 2020.

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