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ontario skilled trades
January 20, 2022

Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance pushes for immigration reform to strengthen construction workforce

The Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance (OSTA) has urged the federal government to amend its current immigration policies to strengthen the province’s current construction workforce.

Through a virtual conference entitled, “Summit on Workforce Development,” OSTA passed several resolutions calling for the federal government to address the growing skilled labour shortage in the construction sector, including:

  • Increasing the cap on temporary foreign workers from 10 per cent to 20 per cent of the workforce at companies building public infrastructure projects and housing, with a particular focus on small- and medium-sized enterprises;
  • Doubling the cap under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP);
  • Allocating 20 per cent of the 9,000 seats within OINP for National Occupation Classification (NOC) level C and D immigrants who meet critical labour markets needs in regions across Ontario.

The virtual conference took place on January 6 and brought together skilled trade organizations throughout the province.

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