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Prepared by Veronica Laurent; Shreeya A Pal; Edited by Shi Hui Yu on July 24, 2021

As Canadian borders were closed due to the pandemic, the demand for skilled labour and immigration has increased across Canada’s various provinces and territories. To address labour force shortage and province’s specific needs, the Canadian government has now let the provinces to select potential foreign nationals through their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Canada comprises of 10 provinces and 3 territories.

Listed below are the jobs currently in demand in the province of Ontario and their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code:

NOC: 0124 Advertising, marketing, and public relations manager

The traditional advertising methods have been replaced by digital methods, and this industry is booming now. The preliminary budgets suggest companies are planning on spending on advertising, especially on digital ads. This is a good opportunity for those who know modern technological methods.

NOC: 0213 Computer and information systems managers

At the start of the pandemic, companies had limited abilities to allow employees to work from home and they were more reliant on computer and information systems managers.

Since normalcy is yet to return and with many companies planning to continue work online and with more virtual services coming up like e-commerce, medical appointments, job fairs, etc., the demand for IT workers has increased.

NOC: 2121 Biologists and related scientists 

The demand for workers in the field of research and development of vaccines and treatment has increased over the past year. These workers include immunologists, virologists, bio-information workers, and pharmacologists, who are currently researching on Covid-19.

Since our generation has experienced the pandemic first-hand, this increased awareness will be responsible for more virus research opportunities.

NOC: 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants

Information systems analysts, like their IT counterparts, are crucial in helping companies transition to remote work and were also considered essential workers in Ontario during the lockdown. The growth of online services and products is expanding benefitting them as there is an increased risk of cyber-security breaches.

NOC: 2172 Database analysts and data administration  

Throughout the pandemic, the government of Canada and other organizations have been tracking the covid-19 case data analysis. Many of the data analysts and the data administrators were involved in the covid-data analysing process. These workers will find further support as the concerns have shifted to data collection, storage, and management because companies are opting for online work.

NOC: 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers

The increase for such workers increased during the pandemic as companies had to work online and provide services to customers, online.

The demand for digital services and products has increased, especially in the global e-learning market. Ontario’s provincial government is working with various organizations to create digital resources for online learning.

NOC: 2175 Web designers and developers

These workers saw a boom of opportunity during the pandemic as they were an integral part of building a covid-19 related website that helps to disseminate information. These workers will find support in the field of virtual shopping and services like medical appointments.

NOC: 3211 Medical laboratory technologists 

Canada faced a shortage of laboratory technologists even before the pandemic as there were more retirees than new graduates working in the field, this added on during the pandemic.

Now Ontario is funding a new program to train laboratory workers to lessen the workload of certified medical laboratory technologist and their assistants. This sector also will continue to see more growth in the coming months.

NOC: 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators

This sector has more job opportunities in creating content and graphics for e-commerce platforms, online banking, and e-learning.

Immigrating to Ontario

In Canada, labour demand and immigration go hand in hand. Economic immigration is intended to address labour shortages and contribute to Canada’s long-term economic prosperity.

As a result, it should come as no surprise that these in-demand occupations have their own paths to permanent residence. To begin with, all these jobs are classified as “skilled work”. You can use this work experience towards an application through the popular Express Entry system as long as you are eligible for any of the three  Federal High Skilled programs: Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

Furthermore, Ontario has its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which can assist with permanent residence applications. The upgraded PNPs in Ontario are only available to those who have an Express Entry profile. The Human Capital Priority Stream (HCPS) is designed primarily for tech workers and other in-demand workers.

In addition to the Express Entry system, Ontario has its own Expression of Interest (EOI) system, which awards points to qualified candidates who work in specialised occupations in the province. Factors including salary, age, Canadian work experience, etc., enhances the candidates EOI ranking. The Ontario EOI system is currently available to those who are eligible for an Employer Job Offer Category program, such as the Foreign Worker stream.

Self-employed individuals may qualify for the Self-Employed Persons Program. According to government figures, about 30% of graphic designers in Ontario are self-employed. In addition, Canada is now providing permanent residence pathways for Essential Workers who worked in the nation during the pandemic. Laboratory technologists are one of 40 healthcare jobs that can be applied for at any time before November.

Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn more about ways to find a new job in Canada, making your initial days in Canada stress-free and confident, etc.






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