Ontario launches new Immigration Strategy

On November 5, 2012, the Honourable Charles Sousa, Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship & Immigration released the province’s first-ever immigration strategy.  The strategy sets a new direction in how the province proposes to select, welcome and help immigrants.  The vision is to build a highly skilled workforce and support the development of strong communities where all Ontarians can thrive.   The strategy follows the release of the Final Report by Ontario’s Expert Roundtable on Immigration in September. 

Click here to download A New Direction: Ontario’s Immigration Strategy.

Ontario Immigration Strategy Objectives:

  • Attracting a skilled workforce and building a stronger economy
  • Helping newcomers and their families achieve success
  • Leveraging the global connections of our diverse communities


  • As immigration increases, raise the proportion of economic immigrants to 70 per cent from the current level of 52 per cent
  • Request a doubling of our Provincial Nominee Program limit to 2,000 in 2013, increasing to 5,000 in 2014
  • Achieve employment rates and income levels for immigrants that are in line with those of other Ontarians
  • Maximize the potential and use of temporary foreign workers and international students
  • Improve job prospects of non-economic immigrants
  • Provide more resources for employers to recruit and welcome immigrant employees
  • Encourage employers to develop or expand mentorship, internship and on-the-job training programs
  • Achieve five per cent Francophone immigration
  • Increase employment rates of immigrants in fields that match their experience
  • Work toward a decrease in the unemployment rate of recent immigrants so that it is in line with that of other Ontarians
  • Increase the number of immigrants licensed in their professions
  • Create a Ministers’ Forum to drive a “no wrong door” approach to accessing immigrant services
  • Commit to annual reports on progress and achievement
  • Establish a Minister’s Table with employers to consult businesses on immigration matters