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Over Half Of Ontario Provincial Nominations Went To Express Entry Candidates In 2019

Almost all principal applicants who got an Ontario provincial nominations last year were invited through one of three Express-Entry aligned streams.

Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream received the most nomination out of all Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) streams last year. Nearly fifty-One (51) per cent of all applicants, or 3,750, were selected thanks to Ontario’s enhanced streams, which run in concurrently with the federal Express Entry system.

Express Entry manages the applications for three of Canada’s economic class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class. Most provinces in Canda, have enhanced streams that allow provincial immigration programs to select candidates with profiles in the Express Entry pool.

A provincial nomination effectively assures that a candidate will be selected to receive Invitations for Canadian permanent residence.

The OINP says about thirty-three (33) per cent of all nominations in 2019 went to applicants with work experience or a job offer in a technology occupation as a result of the OINP Tech Draws, which operate under the Human Capital Priorities Streams. Tech workers required either work experience or a job offer in an eligible technology occupation, including software designers and engineers, computer programmers, interactive media developer, IT systems analyst, and technology consultants.

Though employment or job offers are not a requirement for the enhanced streams, a large portion of provincial nominations went to individuals who had jobs lined up in Ontario. International students also got a large percentage of allocations.

Nominations went to candidates from almost 1,900 Ontario employers across every sector. At least thirty-five (35) per cent of nominees already got a job offer in Ontario province prior to nomination. More than Ninety-six (96) per cent held a post-secondary degree, and at least fifty-three (53) per cent had a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of seven (7) or above in at least English or French language.

Ontario also sent out 6.1 per cent of its nominations to francophone candidates, surpassing its five per cent target. Most of these candidates received nominations under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Streams and the Human Capital Priority Streams.

Originally the Ontario was allocated 6,650 provincial nominations for 2019, but that soared after the province met its full allocation in November. The federal government allotted Ontario 700 extra nominations in January, which were filled by the end of the year.

Ontario also nominated forty-One (41) applicants through the NOC C Pilot program, a federal-provincial partnership initiated to create permanent residence routes for in-demand low-skilled workers with job offers. This brought the sum total number of nomination in 2019 to 7,391 principal applicants, who brought 6,340 spouses and dependent for a total of 13,731 newcomers to Ontario. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program says they do not yet have allocation numbers for 2020.