Webinar to Provide Update on Regional Immigration Pilot

January 7, 2021
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is hosting a webinar for local employers, with a special focus on the Regional Immigration Pilot.

OINP - Webinar

The webinar  will cover an overview of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) , including an explanation of the program’s different streams and pathways to permanent residency. It will also outline lessons learned to date from the Regional Immigration Pilot, and provide an update on current/future OINP initiatives.

The webinar will be of particular interest to Cornwall employers that are looking to address workforce shortages.

Registration Info

The webinar will take place on January 21, 2021 at 10:00 am. The webinar will include a 45 minute presentation, with 45 minutes for questions/discussion. Though this webinar will be presented in English, a French copy of the slide deck will be made available. Additionally, questions that are asked in French, will be answered in French.

Attendees must register with the Eastern Ontario Training Board in order to receive the link to the webinar. Please R.S.V.P to Kimberly Vass-Lihou at by January 15th, 2021 to confirm your participation.

About the Regional Immigration Pilot

The Regional Immigration Pilot is an opportunity for Cornwall businesses to fill talent gaps and support economic growth. It offers a pathway for skilled workers who have job offers from local employers to become permanent residents. Cornwall is one of three Ontario communities selected for the project, along with Belleville/Quinte West and Chatham-Kent.

The pilot is designed to help employers fill labour gaps in professional, managerial and in-demand occupations with foreign workers and international students that otherwise may have settled in larger communities. To qualify, candidates must have a permanent job offer and must also meet the criteria for one of the Ontario Employer Job Offer streams, namely:

  • Foreign Worker
  • International Student
  • In-Demand Skills

Candidates can apply from within or outside Canada.

Quick Facts

  • The OINP will allocate approximately 150 nominations for the pilot through the OINP Employer Job Offer category that will be reserved for applicants with job offers in the pilot communities.
  • The OINP’s Employer Job Offer Category allows Ontario businesses to fill labour needs in professional, managerial and in-demand occupations with foreign workers and international students to fill their labour gaps. Recruited workers must have a job offer and may apply from within or outside of Canada.
  • Immigration is a shared jurisdiction in Canada between the federal government and the provinces and territories. Ontario has the largest nominee program in the country with an allocation of 6,650 in 2019, plus an additional 250 nominations specifically for National Occupational Classification level C jobs that usually require high school and/or job-specific training.

Additional Resources

About the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is the province’s economic immigration program. It works in partnership with the Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Foreign workers, international students and others with the right skills, experience and education apply to the OINP for a nomination. The OINP recognizes and nominates people for permanent residence who have the skills and experience the Ontario economy needs, and the Government of Canada makes the final decision to approve applications for permanent residence.

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