Ontario is taking steps to strengthen its role in immigrant selection by introducing legislation today that would, if passed, help meet the province’s future labour market needs and support economic growth.
Building on the government’s Immigration Strategy, the proposed Ontario Immigration Act would, if passed, assist the province in working with the federal government to maximize the social, cultural and economic benefits of immigration by:
The province will also redesign the Provincial Nominee Program to help facilitate expected increases in the federal government’s allocation of economic immigrants. Ontario has called for an increase in its provincial-nominees allocation from 1,300 to 5,000 to support the province’s highly-skilled workforce.
Strengthening immigration in Ontario to help build our knowledge economy is part of the government’s economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario’s greatest strengths — its people and strategic partnerships.
“This government is committed to making immigration work better for Ontario. We are going to introduce legislation that would lay the necessary foundation for us to operate a larger and more robust immigration program in Ontario, now and in the future.”
— Michael Coteau, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
“Ontario needs immigration to remain competitive in today’s global economy. This proposed legislation would be an important mechanism for ensuring that Ontario has the necessary tools to compete globally for investment and exports and ensure our continued economic prosperity. Competing and winning in the global economy is a key element ofOntario's economic plan to create jobs today and tomorrow.”
— Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
“I believe that this legislation is a necessary first step Ontario must take if we are to chart our own course when it comes to attracting more skilled immigrants to drive our economy and keep communities like Scarborough-Guildwood strong and prosperous.”
— Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood
“Ontario needs a talented, educated and entrepreneurial workforce to secure its future. The announcement of proposed legislation shows that Ontario is committed to developing the right tools to help meet future labour shortages, and to bringing immigrants here who can hit the ground running and reach their full potential.”
--Ratna Omidvar, President, Maytree Foundation
More about immigration in Ontario.
Derek Lipman, Minister’s Office, 416-314-2970
Laura Sylvis, Communications Branch, 416-314-7010
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