The province says it will continue to accept and consider new applications for a provincial nomination, and those that have already been submitted, under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s 2019 nomination allocation, with the exception of the currently paused Master’s Graduate Stream.
The OINP is part of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program, which allows participating provinces and territories to nominate a set number of candidates for Canadian immigration each year.
Ontario is Canada’s most populous province and the OINP’s 2018 allocation of 6,600 nominations makes it Canada’s largest provincial immigrant nominee program.
While the OINP has not yet announced its allocation for 2019, it is possible that the total may increase in the new year.
This year’s allocation was 600 slots higher than that of 2017, which was capped at 6,000 nominations.
Under the federal government’s new multi-year immigration levels plan, the admissions target for Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program is set at 61,000 for 2019, an increase of 6,000 over this year’s target of 55,000.
Human Capital Priorities Stream nominations lead the way
Ontario’s three Express Entry-linked immigration streams have been by far the OINP’s most active this year, issuing 6,411 nominations.
The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three federal economic immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class.
Ontario’s Express Entry-linked streams — the Human Capital Priorities Stream, French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and Skilled Trades Stream — allow the OINP to search the Express Entry pool for potential applicants who meet their eligibility criteria and can integrate quickly into the province’s labour market.
Express Entry candidates who are nominated by Ontario receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and move to the front of the line for an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence.
The Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP) issued the most Express Entry-aligned nominations this year, with the majority occurring in the first two months of the year when five out of eight invitation rounds took place.
HCP nominations made up more than 50 per cent of Ontario’s total allocation for 2018 with 3,534 applicants invited to apply for an Ontario provincial nomination for permanent residence.
Out of the eight total HCP invitation rounds so far this year, three were targeted draws, including two that prioritized candidates in the Express Entry pool with a job offer in Ontario and one that prioritized candidates with French-language proficiency equivalent to a CLB 7 or above and an English language level of CLB 6 or above.
The minimum CRS score required, at the time set at 400, was lowered in these three draws and fell to 350 in the August 9 target job offer draw, which also remains the largest of 2018 with 947 invitations issued.
The OINP followed the August 9 draw with news in September that it was moving away from a fixed minimum CRS score of 400 for the HCP Stream. Moving forward, the minimum score for future HCP invitation rounds will be determined by the director of the OINP.
The table below captures all HCP invitations rounds in 2018:
|Date & time of portal search||Number of invitations issued||CRS Score range||Date Express Entry profile was submitted|
|August 9, 2018*||947||350-439||January 1, 2018 to August 9, 2018|
|March 26, 2018**||299||351-446||January 1, 2018 to March 26, 2018|
|March 26, 2018*||480||351-446||January 1, 2018 to March 26, 2018|
|February 26, 2018||511||441-443||January 1, 2018 to February 22, 2018|
|February 12, 2018||488||435-441||January 1, 2018 to February 8, 2018 at 4PM EST|
|January 25, 2018||89||433-444||January 1, 2018 to January 25, 2018|
|January 26, 2018||380||433-444||January 1, 2018 to January 25, 2018|
|January 19, 2018||340||440-446||January 1, 2018 to January 19, 2018|
The OINP’s French-Speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trade streams were also active this year, issuing a combined total of 2,880 nominations.
Total nominations issued under both these streams accounted for approximately 43 per cent of total OINP nominations in 2018.
An important change introduced to all three Express Entry streams this year saw the number of days a nomination remains valid adjusted to 45 calendar days. Candidates previously had only 14 days to submit a complete application for a nomination.
This means Express Entry candidates have more time to gather their documents and submit a complete application for provincial nomination to the OINP.
The OINP nominates eligible applicants under seven other streams. They are:
- Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
- Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
- Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
- Masters Graduate Stream
- PhD Graduate Stream
- Corporate Stream
- Entrepreneur Stream