Ontario Held Its First ‘Base’ Draws Following Its New Intake System

Ontario PNP invites health care and skilled trades workers

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held a nomination draw on May 11, the first after revamping its immigration intake system. 

A total of 81 candidates with work experience in one of 23 occupations were issued an invitation to apply (ITA) for provincial nominations. This is necessary to support their final application to secure permanent residency in Canada. 


The OINP draw on March 11 targeted 15 specific health care professionals and 8 other skilled trades occupations. All the targeted profiles were required to have a minimum qualifying EOI score of 31 out of 100 points. 

May 11 draw also happens to be the first non-Express Entry or ‘base’ provincial draw from Ontario after the introduction of the new Expression of the Interest intake system. 

(Note: a detailed list of targeted occupations is tabulated towards the end)

Revamped Immigration Intake System

Following the introduction of the ‘two-step immigration’ system, all the 81 invited candidates were selected from the new Expression of Interest (EOI) pool. 

To begin your process of qualifying for OINP draws, interested candidates must register their EOI profiles. Upon registration, their profiles will be evaluated and ranked on factors like job skill level, total work experience, education, proficiency in English or French. Study or work experience inside Canada can fetch you additional points.

The invited candidates in the May 11 may qualify for the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream. It is open to any foreign national who has at least:

  • two years of work experience in a relevant skilled occupation, 
  • has an eligible job offer in Ontario, and 
  • intends to settle permanently in the province. 

Ontario’s Growth Is Dependent On Immigration 

A report prepared by Scotiabank sees an influx of up to $2.9 billion in Ontario’s economy through the rise in newcomers as per the current immigration plans. Additionally, the federal investment of $1million in 2021 in Northern Ontario will boost immigration.  

Beyond 2022, immigrants are expected to make up half of the economic growth generated in the province. Without newcomers, Ontario’s GDP could be 20% lower than the present year, about $157 billion. 

Some of the most demanding occupations among the invited workers include Software engineers and designers, Computer programmers, Interactive media developers, IT systems analysts, Technology consultants, and Healthcare professionals. 

The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) allows immigration of foreign workers through Express Entry streams, Tech Pilot streams, Human Capital Priorities Stream. 

List of 15 Targeted Health Care Occupations
3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 3112 – General practitioners and family physicians 3125 – Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
3121 – Optometrists 3122 – Chiropractors 3124 – Allied primary health practitioners
3131 – Pharmacists 3132 – Dietitians and nutritionists 3236 – Massage therapists
3215 – Medical radiation technologists 3216 – Medical sonographers 3232 – Practitioners of natural healing
3213 – Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians 3214 – Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists, and cardiopulmonary technologists 3141 – Audiologists and speech-language pathologists


List of 8 Invited Skilled Trades Occupations
7241 – Electricians (except industrial and power system) 7302 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7312 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics 7313 – Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7316 – Machine fitters 7318 – Elevator constructors and mechanics
7271 – Carpenters 7291 – Roofers and shinglers

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