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RESCON applauds new OINP increases for skilled immigrants

RESCON applauds new OINP increases for skilled immigrants

VAUGHAN, ONT. — The Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) is applauding a recent move by the provincial and federal governments to allow more workers with specialized skill sets and trades experience to immigrate to Ontario in order to fill positions in construction.

The announcement, made by Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development Minister Monte McNaughton, will enable the province to substantially increase the number of economic immigrants it selects through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) from 9,750 in 2022 to 16,500 in 2023 and more than 18,000 by 2025.

RESCON has been advocating for amendments to the OINP that would allow and make it easier for more immigrants with international experience in voluntary trades to come to Ontario to work and live. In the GTA alone, nearly 43,000 construction workers, or 23 per cent of the current labour force, is set to retire, indicates a release. The residential construction industry needs workers with the specialized skill sets that are required to build houses, condos and infrastructure like sewers and roads.

The announcement will streamline the administrative process for new immigrants and help address the labour shortage in the residential and infrastructure sectors of construction, adds the release.

“We are facing a critical labour shortage in specific skilled trades in the residential construction industry and doubling the number of immigrants allowed under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will certainly help tackle the problem,” said RESCON president Richard Lyall in a statement. “Domestic training alone will not be enough to offset anticipated shortages. We need skilled immigrants.”

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