Ontario is looking to double the number of immigration candidates it can nominate for Canadian permanent residence through Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program.
Ontario PNP’s admissions target for this year is 61,000 new permanent residents, which is an increase of 6,000 over the 2018 target of 55,000.
The admissions target for the PNP in 2020 is 67,800.
Each province’s allocation under the PNP is set in accordance with the program’s annual admissions targets, which are established by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
The province would like to increase its allocation under the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program, or PNP, from 6,650 this year to 13,300 in 2022.
Ontario is the most famous province of Canada, nearly 40 percent of Canadians call Ontario home. Ontario is also home to Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, and its largest city, Toronto. In many ways, Ontario is the center of Canada’s economic, social, and political life.
Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a provincial nomination from Ontario, after which they can apply for Canadian permanent residence with the Government of Canada.
The OINP accepts applications under the following immigration categories:
1) Human Capital Category
The OINP Human Capital Category consists of five streams divided into two categories: Ontario’s Express Entry streams and the International Graduates streams.
Ontario’s Express Entry Streams
The OINP’s Express Entry streams are aligned with the federal government’s Express Entry selection system. Candidates can only apply for these streams if they have an active Express Entry profile and if they have received an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination.
Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream
This stream enables the OINP to nominate individuals who are eligible to enter the federal Express Entry pool and who have the required education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other characteristics to successfully establish themselves and integrate into Ontario’s labour market and communities.
The OINP also uses the Human Capital Priorities Stream to conduct occasional tech draws for Express Entry candidates with work experience in six tech-sector occupations.
OINP Tech Draws
The OINP uses the Human Capital Priorities Stream to conduct occasional draws for Express Entry candidates who meet the stream’s minimum eligibility requirements and have work experience in one of the following six tech-sector occupations.
- Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
- Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
- Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
- Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
- Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
- Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)
Minimum Eligibility Requirements for Ontario PNP
- Meet the eligibility requirements for one of the Canada’s Federal High Skilled programs:
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Candidates applying through the FSWP must meet the pass mark of 67 point
- Meet the stream’s work experience requirements
- Candidate must have ECA report from WES (ECA report must not be more than five years old).
- Language proficiency level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 minimum is required.
- Intend to reside in Ontario, by providing documentation to demonstrate ties to Ontario.
- Have obtained a minimum CRS score under the Express Entry system.
- Sufficient funds to support.
Step by Step Process to apply for Ontario PNP.
- Step 1: Satisfy eligibility criteria of the Federal Skilled Worker Class or the Canadian Experience Class.
- Step 2: Create an Express Entry profile.
- Step 3: OINP identifies candidates in the Express Entry pool.
- Step 4: Receive a NOI from the OINP.
- Step 5: Apply to the OINP under the Human Capital Priorities Stream within 45 calendar days after receiving a NOI from Ontario.
- Step 6: If nominated, candidates obtain a Nomination Approval Letter and an OINP Certificate of Nomination by email. Candidates have 30 calendar days to accept the nomination in the Express Entry system.
- Step 7: If a nomination is accepted, Express Entry candidates are awarded an additional 600 CRS points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a future draw from the pool.
- Step 8: Submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to IRCC within 60 days of receiving the ITA.
Province pushes for more immigrants
Saskatchewan Province has set a population target of 1.4 million residents by 2030 and is planning for economic growth that could add 100,000 jobs over that time period.
Quebec is the only Canadian province that has successfully negotiated a greater degree of control over immigration with the federal government.
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