Ontario Has A Plan To Launch OINP Regional Immigration Pilot Program -17th July, 2019

OINP Regional Immigration Pilot Program
Ontario immigration announced regarding introducing a plan for launching the OINP Regional Immigration Pilot Program for helping to attract skilled laborers to the small communities of the province.

A close coordination with the communities

Additionally, the province will work with these communities on better ways to attract as well as retain fresh immigrants. The communities that have the population between 20,000 and 200,000 will benefit from the pilot. The government proposes to engage with some stakeholders belonging to rural and small communities for assessing interest in this pilot and also for gathering information on the efforts of the communities in attracting immigrant and retaining them.

The involvement of Prospective communities in this pilot will be judged on these criteria:

  • Size of the Population in the range of 20,000 -200,000,
  • Newcomer settlement
  • Infrastructure for settling Newcomers and language or settlement services
  • The Economic characteristics

This decision of the OINP succeeds the efforts of federal government in launching the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot that aims to bring talent to small communities.

The Ontario pilot will specifically target the requirements of local communities and explore the ways to regionalize the OINP in a better way to support provincial employers in small communities.

The way ahead

The pilot will be launched in 2020, and is the result of appeals from communities located in Northern Ontario because they struggle in attracting the immigrants. Another issue is the out-migration of young people to other regions of the province and the country.

Toronto, the largest city of Ontario welcomes more immigrants in comparison to anywhere in the country. On the other hand, other parts of the province compete for newcomers, through federal programs and the OINP.

The new Regional Immigration Pilot, alongside the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, will address the shortage of professionals in immigration.

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