Mar 18, 2023
By Angus Gillespie
The Ontario provincial government is doubling the number of economic immigrants it welcomes to the province under an agreement with the federal government to boost the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
The federal and provincial immigration ministers say more than 18,000 spots will be provided under the program by 2025.
Ontario Labour and Immigration Minister Monte McNaughton called for the doubling two years ago when the province was allowed to bring in 9,000 people under that program.
The new agreement will see Ontario go from 9,750 immigrants under the program in 2022 to welcoming 16,500 in 2023, more than 17,000 in 2024, and more than 18,000 in 2025.
The Ontario government says people brought in through last year’s allocation included 3,900 skilled trades workers, 2,200 software and IT workers, 1,000 truck drivers and more than 100 nurses and personal support workers.
McNaughton says the number of healthcare workers in particular will change drastically.
(with files from CP)
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