The Ontario immigration nominee Program has received an extra 700 nominations for 2019 and issued 667 invites to express Entry candidates through its skilled Trades Stream.
The additional nominations announced this week bring the Ontario immigrant nominee Program (OINP)’s annual allocation under Canada’s Provincial nominee Program, or PNP, to 7,350.
The PNP allows participating provinces and territories to nominate a group number of Economic class immigration candidates every year for Canadian permanent residence.
The additional nominations can allow the OINP to continue processing applications and issue nominations on top of its original 2019 allocation of 6,650, that the OINP said it has currently reached.
Express Entry invites
On Wednesday, the OINP reported issue 667 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to express Entry candidates through its skilled Trades Stream.
The stream is one of three OINP immigration pathways joined to the federal specific Entry system, that is Canada’s principal supply of masterly foreign labour.
Of the three, the Human Capital Priorities Stream has been out and away the busiest this year, issue nearly 7,000 NOIs to candidates over the course of 5 draws.
Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an extra 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
The skilled Trades Stream allows the OINP to search the express Entry pool for candidates with Ontario work experience in eligible skilled trades and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
Eligible trades are those listed in Minor group 633 or Major groups 72, 73 or 82 of Canada’s National occupational Classification (NOC).
The december 11 selection round saw express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 410 receive an NOI. against this, a federal draw from the express Entry pool that was held the same day had a minimum score of 472.
Express Entry candidates who receive an NOI and apply for a provincial nomination from Ontario will be thought-about under the OINP’s 2020 nomination allocation.
For additional details on eligibility requirements for the OINP’s skilled Trades Stream, please visit this dedicated page.
Temporary foreign labor selection
OINP also announced that another 250 dedicated to temporary foreign workers with work experience with a ‘level of skill’ along with a C in the in-demand skill stream of OINP under the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) An application for nomination will continue.
These nominations are part of a federal initiative announced earlier this year that created 2,000 additional PNP spaces this year by long-term, intermediate-skilled temporary foreign workers integrated into Canadian society transitioning to permanent residents.
“It’s great to see the OINP cap has been considered an incredible year with new express entry invitations," said David Cohen, senior partner at the Campbell Cohen Canadian Immigration Law Firm in Montreal.
“The invitation was also a good reminder that there are options to potentially receive a federal invitation when you have a low CRS score, with provincial enrollment being prominent among them."