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Ontario wants the Federal Government to double the number of immigrants from 9,000 to 18,000 a year to boost the skilled workforce and tackle the labour shortage in the province. According to labour Minister Monte McNaughton, the province is facing a significant labour shortage impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In October, the province had 316,000 job vacancies, 82,000 more compared to the last year. By doubling the number of immigrants allowed under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, the province will fill the skilled labour gaps in the market.