Ontario Gave Away More Than 8,000 Nominations In 2020: What Next In 2021?

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) was allocated upto 7,600 nominations out of the total 61,000 provincial nominations in 2020. However, the growing labor demand in Ontario prompted the province to exceed its target, finishing with 8,050 successful nominations across all streams. 


Ontario held its last draws of the year on December 15. The OINP held a Tech Draw and issued 668 invitations to Express Entry candidates with at least one of work experience in certain tech occupations like: 


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


On the same day, Ontario also held business immigration draws under the OINP Entrepreneur Stream.


OINP Entrepreneur Stream in recent years has gathered enough clout to attract individuals having a minimum net worth of CAD 400,000 and looking to set-up a new business or buy an existing business in Ontario.


Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility. 

Otherwise, contact our business immigration expert to know more. 


Ontario PNP in 2021

In order to avoid the inherent difficulties with the first-come-first-serve system for application intakes, Ontario will switch to an Expression of Interest (EOI) system.  


An Expression of Interest (EOI) system for application intake allows interest candidates to pre-register with the province and get their profile assessed according to the provincial points system. Such points will be allocated based on various factors such as education and language abilities


The pre-registered applicants form an application database from which the province can nominate eligible candidates when it deems necessary. Once a candidate receives a successful provincial nomination, they can apply with the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to attain permanent residence in Canada. 


The immigration categories that are likely to have an EOI system from January 2021 include: 

  • Employer Job Offer Category (Foreign Worker; International Student, and In-Demand Skills streams);
  • Masters Graduate; and
  • Ph.D. Graduate.


Ontario’s most-renowned immigration category- Human Capital Priorities Stream already has an EOI system in place. This stream targets Express Entry candidates. Other provinces, like Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba, and British Columbia already have similar EOI systems in place to manage their application intake.


This helps in avoiding the rush to apply for a particular category when the province opens a particular immigration category for intakes.  

Canada CRS point

According to the new Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023, Canada may target upto 80,800 nominations each year only through provincial nominee programs. 


Ontario was the most popular destination for immigrants in 2019. It nominated around 13,731 immigrants to apply for Canada PR. And it is also encouraging to know the fact that just over half of these applicants went through Express Entry-linked categories while the rest 49% went through the base streams. 


Hence, it is safe to infer that any foreign skilled worker, an entrepreneur may stand a chance for a provincial nomination from Ontario PNP. In order to determine your eligibility based on your profile, book your free consultation session with our immigration experts today!   

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