TORONTO — The Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) has announced it supports the recent provincial move to provide more funding for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
On March 18 the government announced it is doubling the number of economic immigrants it will select under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) in 2025 to over 18,000. Funding of $25 million to support the increase was announced March 28.
Ontario reached its allocation of 9,750 immigrants through the OINP in 2022, including 3,900 skilled trades workers, 2,200 software and IT workers and 100 nurses and personal support workers.
“With a labour supply shortage looming, it is critical to bring in additional skilled trades immigrants, and especially those with specialized skill sets that are not currently recognized by the federal system, to work in the residential construction industry,” stated RESCON vice-president Andrew Pariser in a release. “We are facing challenges in specific trades and boosting funding for the OINP shows the government’s commitment to bringing in individuals who have the experience to help our industry.”
Pariser said Ontario need skilled immigrants to offset anticipated labour shortages created by retirements.
“Domestic training alone will not be enough to ensure we have sufficient skilled labour for the future,” he said.
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