Explaining The Employer Category Of The Ontario Nominee Program

The Ontario Program, and most Provincial Nominee Programs, are driven by employers.

Employers nominate workers to come to Ontario and have the advantage, in the provincial program, of getting their workers fairly quickly. The workers have the security of a job as soon as they arrive. In the Federal Skilled Worker applications, people come to Canada and then have to find a job. If you have an employer who wants to have you work in Ontario, the provincial nominee program is the best choice.

The first disadvantage is that a candidate must have a job or an employer who gives a firm offer of employment in the first place. Therefore, the employer must make the move first before you can participate in this Program. However, employers have a catch-22 problem when they consider this program. They not only wish to have a good employee, but they also want the employee to stay with them long enough to recover any recruitment expenses. So what stops the immigrant employees from leaving this job for another one once the employee receives permanent resident status in Canada? Unfortunately, this question does make employers hesitate to use this program.

Second, the cost may be another issue. There is a $2000 non-refundable processing fee that you have to pay to cover the selection process. You don’t have to pay that under the the Federal Skilled Worker program. On the other side, you are getting faster services.

Another problem is that, because this program is specifically designed to promote the needs of employers or the needs of specific sectors in Ontario, there are very specific criteria you must meet. For example, the only people who can participate in the program must show that their current job, or their experience, or their career falls within 20 specific sectors. These include Health Science, doctors, pharmacists or registered nurses; Education, professors or senior researchers; Construction, dry wallers, bricklayers; Manufacturing, tool makers, industrial designers. You need to satisfy the program that you have both qualifications and experience in the areas they are looking for. The employer must meet specific criteria as well. He needs to be in a designated industry and his revenues and number of employees will be looked at before he is approved.

Another disadvantage is the restricted number of candidates to whom the Ontario government will grant places. In 2007, there were 500 spots. Out of the 500, 10 percent must be reserved for students, 250 are specifically for the GTA area and the other 250 must be outside the GTA. However, due to the above-listed disadvantages perhaps, it should be noted that only about 120 spots have been filled as of the end of November, 2007.

After provincial approvals are given, the Federal Government finalizes the application and processes a Medical Examination Clearance Certificate before preparing a visa. The Federal Government allows the provinces to choose the people that they need the most but they still have to make sure that all candidates meet Federal standards by being medically sound and not having a criminal background.

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If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with immigration law issues in the Kitchener, Ontario Region, contact Jennifer Roggemann Law Office for a consultation.

This information is taken from an interview from December 3rd, 2007 interview with Jennifer Roggemann, Immigration Lawyer with Jennifer Roggemann Law Office, a Kitchener Ontario Canada Immigration Law Firm. This article is provided as an information service only and should not be used as legal advice. Laws vary by jurisdiction so please consult with an appropriate legal professional if you are looking for help with a specific situation.