The Ontario Immigration Act 2015, which gives a legislative framework for the new Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP), came into effect on January 1, 2018. The Act and its regulations aim to improve the transparency, consistency and accountability of the OINP. They also aim to set up a framework for the application and administration of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
The Act gives legislative sanction for:
>The creation of a Registry of Ontario employers and recruiters eligible to make job offers and provide recruitment services to foreign nationals
>Creation of settlement and integration programs
>Creation and regulation of selection programs including eligibility norms and other requirements related to temporary and permanent immigration into the province.
>Inspections, investigations, offences, and administrative and other penalties.
>With the Act, Ontario aims to turn itself into a more attractive destination for skilled foreign workers, entrepreneurs and other immigrants from all over the world.
> The Act is expected to give more control for the province in the selection of candidates.
>The Act will give a solid foundation for the expansion of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and help manage the various streams of OINP in a more efficient manner.
>The Act will elevate Ontario as a full partner with the federal government when it comes to immigration.
>With the Act, Ontario aims to boost the economy by supporting various sectors by creating jobs and promoting business growth.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) was launched in the year 2007. It allows the province of Ontario to nominate immigration applicants for permanent residence in Canada. The candidates are invited based on their talents and skills, and their ability to contribute to Ontario’s economy.
Immigration Streams under OINP:
>Human Capital Priorities (Express Entry)
>French-Speaking Skilled Worker (Express Entry)
>Skilled Trades (Express Entry)
>Employer Job Offer
>International Student (Masters Graduate)
>International Student (PhD Graduate)
>Investor Immigration (Corporate)
>Investor Immigration (Entrepreneur)
OINP helps employers in Ontario retain talented foreign workers. Under the OINP, both the employer and the applicant must meet the eligibility criteria stipulated for each Stream. The foreign worker applicants must submit an Employer Form duly filled and signed by the employer.
There are also provisions for certain penalties for the employers for the contraventions of the OINP, including fines of up to $150,000 and ban from using OINP.
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