In the coming weeks, the Ontario immigration ministry is introducing a new Expression of Interest System for five immigration streams.
Instead of the previous first-come-first-served system, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is transitioning to an Expression of Interest (EOI) system, a points-based system that ranks immigration candidates based on human capital and labor market factors.
Many other Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) already use this type of model for managing new registrants.
The OINP will apply the new Expression of interest system to the following streams:
- Employer Job Offer Category streams (International Student, Foreign Worker, and In-Demand Skills);
- Masters Graduate stream; and
- Ph.D. Graduate streams.
While the OINP is changing the system, these 5 immigration streams are presently closed to new applicants. They will reopen when the new EOI system introduces in the coming weeks. Ontario did not say what date that would be.
How will the EOI system change immigration to Ontario province?
The immigration streams that are transitioning over to an EOI registration system used to run like rushed seating. Ontario immigration would open their web portal to accept registrations from people who wanted to move through one of these Ontario PNPs.
Because of popular demands, these registration windows normally lasted only a few minutes before they would become full. There were a number of other problems, the OINP had to have a dedicated email address for candidates who experienced technical itches that affected their registration, and some complained that the system was not fair to candidates with slow internet connections.
Expression of Interest systems is used by most other PNPs. Normally, it requires people to lodge a resume with their education, work experience, and any other information. They are then given a provincial score, and if they obtain a high score they may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence of Canada.
Last year September, Ontario started accepting public consultation on the proposed EOI system. They received generally positive feedback.
Ontario received about 250 feedback submissions, between Sept, 9 and Oct. 23, 2020. These submissions came from people, employers, prospective applicants, immigration organizations, and representatives, as well as industry professionals.
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“Many respondents believed that the proposed Expression of interest system would be fairer and more predictable, and would be more user-friendly than the preent intake process,” an OINP spokesman said in an email.