Due to regulatory changes introduced by the Ontario government, this popular permanent residence program for individuals in semi-skilled occupations will now include 13 new manufacturing related National Occupational Classifications for employment positions located outside the Greater Toronto Area.
To be eligible, candidates must obtain a full time, permanent job offer and must be in an eligible occupation outside the Greater Toronto Area. The 13 additional occupations are:
9411 – Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
9416 – Metalworking and forging machine operators
9417 – Machining tool operators
9418 – Other metal products machine operators
9421 – Chemical plant machine operators
9422 – Plastics processing machine operators
9437 – Woodworking machine operators
9446 – Industrial sewing machine operators
9461 – Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
9523 – Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
9526 – Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
9536 – Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
9537 – Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors
The regulatory changes to this stream also provide that applicants will no longer need to prove minimum settlement funds when applying under this program.
Immigration candidates must have at least 9 months of cumulative paid full-time work experience in the occupation they have received a job offer. They must also have the equivalent of a Canadian secondary school (high school) education, or higher, and a minimum English or French-language level of a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 4 or higher in each competency (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).
Among other requirements include an immigration candidate demonstrating they have a valid license to work in an occupation that requires a license or other authorization in Ontario.