A New Direction: Ontario’s Immigration Strategy

A new direction for immigration in Ontario – attracting highly skilled workers and their families, supporting diverse communities and growing a globally-connected economy.

Ontario is the province of choice for newcomers and its economic future depends on helping newcomers integrate successfully into their communities and the workplace. When newcomers succeed, the province succeeds.

Ontario’s Immigration Strategy sets a new direction for selecting, welcoming and assisting immigrants to the province. This vision will help build a highly skilled workforce and support the development of strong communities where all Ontarians can thrive.

The strategy has three key objectives:

  • Attracting a skilled workforce and growing a stronger economy.
  • Helping newcomers and their families achieve success.
  • Leveraging the global connections of our diverse communities to increase prosperity.

Growing a Globally-Connected Economy

Immigration is not a one-way ticket. Newcomers to Ontario arrive with vital ties and connections to their former homelands that can be leveraged to produce economic growth and prosperity for Ontario.

The key to realizing this two-way benefit is to quickly integrate immigrants into our economy.

That means moving to a unified system of delivering Immigrant settlement services that allows immigrants to get the help they need quickly.

Another key to Ontario leveraging the global value of immigration is to get the internationally trained working in their fields as soon as possible. Barriers are coming down, but the internationally trained still face a number of challenges getting their credentials and experience recognized.

One of the biggest obstacles to building a globally-connected economy is professional language training for immigrants. Proficiency in English or French is essential to living and working in Ontario.

Mastering language fluency and cross-cultural communication quickly is critical for immigrant success and building strong, two-way global connections in our economy.


  • Growing a globally-connected economy by increasing the employment rates of highly skilled immigrants in their fields.
  • Maximizing the global value of immigrants already here by decreasing their unemployment rate to the provincial average.
  • Leveraging global expertise by removing barriers and increasing the number of internationally trained professionals licensed in their professions.

Getting there

  • Improve eligibility and access to settlement and integration programs that help immigrants.
  • Increase awareness of government settlement and integration programs.
  • Create an annual Ministers’ Forum to drive a “no wrong door” approach to immigrant services across government.
  • Enhance pre-arrival information for immigrants, including foreign qualifications.
  • Improve access to French and English language training programs.
  • Enhance Ontario’s successful bridge training programs.
  • Increase participation in mentorship, internship and on-the-job training programs.
  • Better assist employers in hiring immigrants.
  • Improve support for temporary foreign workers, including live-in caregivers.
  • Explore the root causes of undocumented workers and bring the issue forward for national discussion.
  • Continue to improve foreign qualification recognition of internationally trained professionals, by working with regulators and Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner.
  • Formally assess progress on foreign qualification recognition with the assistance of a third-party reviewer.
  • Better co-operation and alignment of key agencies that help immigrants with employment.

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