Ontario is going to amend the Ontario Immigration Act
On April 15, 2021, the government of Ontario announced the proposed amendments to the Ontario Immigration Act. The province plans to improve the program integrity and efficiency of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Among the other proposal, Ontario wants to give the OINP director more power to compel information from employers/applicants directly as well as indirectly from their representatives, to conduct inspections of applicant employers, businesses established or purchased by foreign nationals in order to improve the program’s ability to protect against incidences of misrepresentation. OINP will also align the Act with the Federal legislation, increasing the maximum duration of a ban for violators of the Act or its regulations from two years to five years. The public is encouraged to submit feedback on the proposed amendments by May 25, 2021.