Ontario announces increased allotment for 2018 and reopens Human Capital Priorities Stream

Ontario has announced an increase in allocation of Provincial Nominee Program for 2018 and the opening of its Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, along with seven others.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has been allowed by Canada’s federal government to nominate 6,600 immigrants in 2018, an increase of 600 more from its last year 2017 allocation.

The OINP also said it will resume issuing Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to applicants who qualify for its Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, which allows Ontario government to search the federal Express Entry pool and select candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class with at least 400 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and who meet other criteria like necessary education, work experience, language proficiency, and other characteristics to establish economically and settle in the province of Ontario.

Any Express Entry candidate with a provincial nomination receives an additional 600 points adding to their CRS score, making it easier for them within the reach of an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The Human Capital Priorities Stream issued NOIs on a number of occasions in 2017, including a special opening last July that refrain the Express Entry candidates with work experience in a number of Information and Communications Technology-related occupations to have a requirement of at least 400 CRS points.

Anyone who receives an NOI through the Human Capital Priorities Stream from that day has 45 calendar days to submit their application online for provincial nomination.

Ontario’s two other Express Entry-aligned streams, the Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and the Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream, have also opened and will be issuing NOIs.

Five other OINP streams are also now accepting applications. They are:

  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
  • Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
  • Corporate Stream
  • Entrepreneur Stream


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