Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development and Sean Fraser, Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced today the Ontario government is doubling the number of economic immigrants it selects in 2025 to over 18,000 to help solve the province’s critical labour shortage.
“From 9,000 immigration spots in 2021 to over 18,000 in 2025, today’s announcement is a significant win for the people of Ontario and will help us control our economic destiny by selecting more of the skilled immigrants we know are well-placed to succeed and build stronger communities for all of us,” said McNaughton. “On behalf of Premier Ford and the people of Ontario, I want to thank Minister Fraser and the federal government for their commitment to meet us at the table and land this historic immigration increase.”
Since gaining access to the OINP in 2019, the Ontario trucking industry has continued to welcome newcomers to our sector to help fill key job vacancies.
“As the past few years have shown, bolstering the trucking sector’s labour market is one of the surest ways we can help strengthen the supply chain and keep the economy moving,” said OTA president Stephen Laskowski, who attended today’s event. “This announcement is positive for our sector as well as all businesses and Ontarians who rely on the trucking industry to deliver the essential goods and products they need every day.”
Federally, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is also working with Minister Fraser to ensure trucking has access to key programs. The trucking industry officially gained access to the federal Express Entry program last fall and CTA continues to work with the minister and officials to ensure trucking remains competitive compared to other sectors and jobs within the Express Entry pointing system.
You can view OTA’s comments in Ontario’s official press release here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1002844/province-building-ontario-by-doubling-economic-immigration