Last Updated on December 18, 2020

Ontario immigration maxed out this week on the number of people the federal government allows it to nominate for immigration to the central Canadian province.

Under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), the province had issued 8,050 nominations as of December 17. Ontario nominates candidates who have the skills and experience needed in the Ontario economy. The federal government makes the final decision to approve applications.

In June, the Canadian government initially announced it would allow Ontario to nominate 7,350 people under the OINP and another 250 specifically for semi-skilled jobs under National Occupational Classification (NOC) level C.

When the province hit that target early, the federal government then allowed it to nominate another 400 candidates and an extra 50 under NOC C.

“New applications, and applications already submitted to the OINP, will continue to be accepted and considered under the program’s 2021 nomination allocation,” the provincial ministry stated in a release.

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Earlier this month, Ontario issued targeted notifications to candidates for immigration who might qualify for its Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream. That draw was to target people to fill jobs with the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes:

  • 0213 – Computer and information systems managers;
  • 2147 – Computer engineers;
  • 2172 – Database analysts and data administrators;
  • 2173 – Software engineers and designers;
  • 2174 – Computer programmer and interactive media developers, and;
  • 2175 – Web designers and developers.

These types of draws are designed to address labour shortages in the technology sector in Canada’s largest province. Those invited to apply to immigrate in that latest draw were candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) of between 460 and 468 who have work experience in those fields.

That draw under the HCP stream came on the heels of an earlier one in mid-November where Ontario was targeting business and finance managers and healthcare workers as the Covid-19 global pandemic raged on. 

Those who received a notification of interest on November 12 had to have experience in the following NOC jobs:

  • 0111 – Financial managers;
  • 0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations managers;
  • 0601 – Corporate sales managers;
  • 1111 – Financial auditors and accountants;
  • 1114 – Other financial officers;
  • 1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting;
  • 3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses;
  • 3124 – Allied primary health practitioners, and;
  • 3132 – Dietitians and nutritionists.

They also needed to demonstrate a CRS score of between 469 and 477.

Also in November, 1,426 international students looking for work permits applied through the province’s new OINP e-Filing Portal. 

There are five streams under which candidates can apply directly for Ontario nomination: Employer Job Offer (all three streams) and International Student (masters and PhD grads).

Ontario is currently processing applications for immigration through its Entrepreneur Stream in the wake of 19 invitations sent out earlier this year. Those eligible would have had to submit an Expression of Interest between Nov. 22 and Dec. 22 and gotten a score of between 140 and 200.

“If you received an invitation to apply, you do not need to contact the program. You will receive two emails. One email contains login information. The second email will contain instructions on how to submit a complete application,” the immigration ministry advised those applying under the Entrepreneur Stream.

“If your expression of interest was eligible but you did not receive an invitation to apply this round it is still eligible to receive an invitation to apply for future rounds for 12 months from the date you submitted it.”

Summary of Ontario NOIs 2020 to Date

Stream Notifications of interest
Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP) 6,716
French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (FSSW) 902
Skilled Trades Stream (ST) 1,464

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