Ontario immigration department invited candidates in the Express Entry pool to apply for a provincial nomination, on Feb 2. A total of 283 immigration candidates were invited, with Comprehensive Ranking System scores ranging between 466 and 467.
The 283 immigration candidates, invited by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), may be qualified for the Express Entry Human Capital Priority stream (HCP). This PNP program gives foreign workers—with skilled work experience— the opportunity to settle permanently in Ontario province. In turn, the skills that new immigrants bring through the PNP fill shortages in Ontario’s labor market.
In this draw, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited immigration candidates to apply for the provincial nominations if they have work experience in one of the following ten (10) occupations:
- Banking, credit and other investment manager (NOC 0122);
- Advertising, marketing and public relation managers (NOC 0124);
- Other business service managers (NOC 0125);
- Corporate sales managers (NOC 0601);
- Financial auditor and accountants (NOC 1111);
- Financial and investment analysts (NOC 1112);
- Human resources professionals (NOC 1121);
- Professional occupations in business managements consulting (NOC 1122);
- Registered nurse and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012); and
- Business development officers and researchers and consultants (NOC 4163).
Invited immigration candidates need to show that they have at least one year of work experience in one of these occupations listed above. These Express Entry candidates are not yet applying for Canadian permanent residence, they are applying for a provincial nomination, which will practically assure them a chance to apply for Canadian immigration in a future Express Entry draw.
Express Entry processes and manages Canada’s three main federal immigration programs: Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). Express Entry candidates must qualify for one of these programs.
Once in the Express Entry pool of candidates, the immigration, refugee and citizenship Canada, IRCC, awards points to candidates based on certain human capital factors such as work experience, age, education, language ability in French or English, and other factors.
A nomination from a PNP ultimately gives Express Entry candidates an extra 600 points. Since most Express Entry draws require candidates to have scores in the 400’s, immigration candidates who receive the nomination are stand the chance to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in a future federal Express Entry draw.
Last year, the Ontario province invited 6,716 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination via the Human Capital Priorities stream. This was the biggest proportion of all the Express-Entry aligned PNP nominations that Ontario rolled out in 2020.