Ontario Updates Criteria for Hiring Mobile Workers under OINP

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The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has revised its Employer Guidance, with a special emphasis on the minimal staffing requirements for companies that use mobile workers. This is a recent development. The goal of this modification is to bring clarity to sectors like construction, where workers frequently travel between several places for work.

Understanding the New Guidelines

The most recent OINP update explains how companies with mobile workers should account for their workforce. Both onsite employees and those who report there are now included in the minimum employee count at a place where a worker performs duties or reports to work.

This upgrade is essential for companies that have workers dispersed over various job sites. The workplace of the employee's manager or direct supervisor as well as the administrative office where tasks are distributed are included in the concept of "report to work" location.

The minimal employee count for enterprises in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is five for sites where workers report for duty or perform tasks. Three employees at the same location are the minimal needed for locations outside of the GTA. These regulations guarantee that companies, wherever they may operate, adhere to the relevant labour requirements.

Overview of OINP's Employer Job Offer Streams

Employers can choose from several streams offered by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to help them find and hire foreign workers to fill open positions, thus the employees are not employer-specific.

Job offers made via the Foreign Worker Stream must be for skilled positions in TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 categories. Candidates must provide proof of appropriate work experience or employment permission in Ontario.

Similar requirements apply to the International Student Stream, which only accepts job offers in skilled fields from candidates who have earned a degree, diploma, or certificate from a recognized Canadian institution within the previous two years.

The In-Demand Skills Stream seeks employment offers in qualified fields from candidates who can show that they have relevant work experience in Ontario, which is the equivalent of a high school diploma in Canada, and fluency in either English or French.

Employers who wish to apply for the OINP must fulfil some statutory requirements, such as having an Ontario business address, being in continuous operation for at least three years, and not having any pending orders under applicable Ontario legislation.

Offers of employment must be full-time, permanent, match set pay scales, complement ongoing business operations, and be essential to the expansion of the company. Additionally, for specific streams, employers must show that they have made a reasonable attempt to hire Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

All things considered, Ontario employers can now hire mobile workers under the OINP with much-needed clarity thanks to these amended requirements. Businesses may efficiently manage the recruitment process, ensure compliance, and achieve their growth objectives by understanding and adhering to these standards.


What qualifications does the In-Demand Skills Stream require?

Offers of employment must be in fields that qualify (TEER 4 or 5). Candidates must speak English or French fluently and possess relevant job experience in Ontario, which is equal to a Canadian high school graduation.

What are the OINP prerequisites for a job offer?

Offers of employment ought to be permanent, full-time, and pay-level specific. They are essential for corporate expansion and must be in line with current business operations.


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