Ontario Seeks an Enhanced Provincial Immigration Allocation by 2021

December 19, 2019
Ontario immigration is seeking an enhanced allocation of provincial immigrants from the Canadian federal government it receives every year. It wants the allocation in the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program at 13,300 by 2021, and it is 7,000 in this year. 

Ontario Seeks an Enhanced Provincial Immigration Allocation by 2021

Reasons for More Allocation

The reason is an acute, labor shortage in the skilled sector. This was requested by a letter, written by Minister for Economic Development to the Canadian federal Minister for Immigration. The province had received increase in allocation of 50 in 2019, in the face of a request for increasing it by 1,000. 

The working of Provincial Nominee Program happens when provinces nominate select candidates for their permanent residence. Ottawa has the power to set the allocation limits for all provinces annually. The present Immigration Level Plan was published in Oct 2018, forecasting the increase of 10,000 places for immigrants in the PNP category by 2021. The target set for immigrants in 2019 is 61,000, and 71,300 by 2021. The division criterion on the increase amongst the provinces is not known.

Immigration Levels Targets in the Provincial Nominee Program 

2019 – Target

2020 – Target

2021  Target




Ottawa had introduced the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot for helping the arrival of immigrants to small communities that struggle with shrinking labor markets and the ageing population.

There are 11 communities that have signed the RNIP, and among them five belong to Ontario. Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie are presently open to receive applications from candidates as well as employers.

RNIP: Participating Communities


Community website

North Bay, ON

Coming soon

Sudbury, ON

Coming soon

Timmins, ON

Coming soon

Sault Ste. Marie, ON


Thunder Bay, ON


Brandon, MB

Coming soon

Altona/Rhineland, MB


Moose Jaw, SK

Coming soon

Claresholm, AB

Coming soon

Vernon, BC

Coming soon

West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC

Coming soon

Other Developments

Ottawa is also planning implementation of the Municipal Nominee Program in the approaching months as it was the pledge made in the federal election. The MNP will have an annual allocation of 5,000 immigrants allowing the communities to select newcomers meeting the specific requirements of the labor market.

There are nine immigration streams in the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program in three categories of Employer Job Offer, Human Capital, and Business. The nominations take place for candidates who have a profile and also for without profiles in the federal pool.

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