Immigration to Ontario for in-demand workers

Immigration to Ontario for in-demand workers

The In-Demand Skills stream gives foreigners working in in-demand occupations the opportunity to get permanent residency.

The In-Demand Skills stream of Ontario’s provincial program is designed for in-demand professionals who have found a job in the province and have worked for a local employer for 9 months.

Eligibility

To apply for the In-Demand Skills stream, you must meet the following requirements:

  • get a job offer in Ontario in one of the occupations in demand (see below);
  • have worked in the province for at least 9 months within the last 3 years in the same occupation as the job offer;
  • demonstrate proficiency in English or French at level 4 on the CLB scale;
  • have at least a high school education.

An additional requirement for truckers: the job offer must be only from an employer who has obtained a commercial vehicle operator registration and a carrier safety rating of "Excellent" or "Satisfactory."

Suitable occupations

The following professions are eligible to apply for the stream.

A job in one of the following occupations can be anywhere in Ontario:

A job in one of the following occupations must be outside of Toronto only:

Candidate evaluation

Ontario uses the Expression of Interest system, in which candidates are awarded points based on criteria such as work experience, level and field of education, specialty, etc. This is done as follows:

Criterion Points
JOB OFFER
NOC skill level
Level A 10
Level B 8
Level C or D 0
NOC skill type
Types 0, 1, 2, 3, 9 10
Types 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 5
Suggested hourly wage
$40 CAD or more 10
$20 to $39.99 CAD 5
Less than $20 CAD 0
WORK EXPERIENCE IN CANADA
Duration
From 12 months 4
Less than 12 months 0
NOC level
The experience was at level A 3
The experience was at level B, C, or D 0
Earnings history
Earnings from $40,000 CAD per year 3
Earning less than $40,000 CAD per year 0
REGIONAL IMMIGRATION
Location of employer
Outside Toronto 10
Within Toronto 6
LABOUR MARKET PRIORITIES
This criterion is designed to meet the current labour market needs of the province or its particular area. Ontario's immigration program determines the needs. At the time the candidate applies, there may be priority occupations identified, but there may not be any.
The candidate's profession is in demand in the labour market (if there is currently a demand) 10

How to apply

If you qualify for the In-Demand Skills stream, you can create an Expression of Interest account on Ontario's official website.

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To learn about other Ontario provincial program streams, see the article "Immigration to Ontario — Canada's provincial program".


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