Ontario: Changes to the OINP (PNP), Job Postings and Regulated Professions

Ontario is changing the OINP, Canadian work experience in job postings and making other changes to regulated professions

Last updated on
February 26, 2024

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Recent developments in Ontario signal a promising shift towards inclusivity and diversity in the workforce for international worker and students. These changes in Ontario represent a substantial shift in opportunities. This initiative, eliminating the requirement for Canadian work experience, has the potential to reshape the professional landscape for newcomers in Ontario.

Eliminating the Barrier of Canadian Work Experience

The Ontario government's decision to prohibit employers from demanding Canadian work experience in job postings and application forms is a significant reform. This policy change, slated for implementation in the coming year, aims to dismantle a major hurdle for immigrants entering the job market. The economic implications of this move are substantial, as it hopes to enable immigrants with international training to engage fully in their respective fields, contributing to a potential boost in Ontario’s GDP.

Another notable aspect of Ontario's evolving immigration landscape involves modifications to the Provincial Nominee Program in Ontario, called the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP). The province intends to broaden the eligibility criteria, now including international students who complete one-year college programs. This change is particularly relevant for those who have previously obtained an undergraduate degree and are seeking to enhance their education in Canada. Historically, these students, even in sectors with high demand, faced challenges in qualifying for permanent residency under the previous criteria.

Ontario is also focusing on the process of evaluating international qualifications in regulated professions. The forthcoming legislation is directed at making this assessment more efficient, transparent, and equitable. This is a critical advancement for skilled immigrants, ensuring they are not disadvantaged by lengthy or unclear qualification validation procedures.

These changes will be important to follow as IRCC changes the international student program and makes changes to the Post-Graduate Work Permit, announced just a few weeks ago.

Broader Implications for Immigration in Ontario

These policy changes are more than just legislative updates; they represent a forward-thinking approach to integrating skilled immigrants and international students into the Ontario workforce. By recognizing the value of diverse international experience and education, Ontario is setting a standard for other provinces and countries.

Expert Guidance for Navigating New Immigration Pathways

As an immigration lawyer, I am committed to offering the most current information. We invite individuals impacted by these changes, or those seeking to understand how these developments might affect them, to contact us for tailored advice. These changes herald a new era in the employment and immigration landscape in Ontario, opening up new pathways and possibilities.


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