Annual Allocations To Ontario Set At 8,350 Provincial Nominations in 2021

ontario will nominate 8350 candidates

2021 is already proving to be a significant year for immigration to Canada under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). 

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With the latest allocations of immigration targets by the federal government, Ontario is now eyeing to welcome at least 8,350 eligible candidates to apply for permanent residency (PR). Typically, foreign workers with Canadian work experience in occupations relating to National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A, B. Such jobs include Managerial positions, Experts in certain fields, Professionals, Supervisors with graduate-level or higher education qualifications.   

An additional 250 nominations will be made specifically for temporary foreign workers with a National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level C. Skill level C jobs are typically desirable for applicants with high school education or specific job training. 

Earlier this year, Ontario shifted its intake system to the Expression of Interest (EOI) model. This allows the province to invite & assess applications for immigration from interested candidates in advance and nominate them as per the labor demand need. It goes on to save a lot of processing and evaluation time as well as facilitate quick immigration to Canada. 

Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada are designed to nominate desirable candidates autonomously to support its peculiar economic needs. 

Interestingly, Ontario is one of the most preferred provinces for immigration. As such, many PNP immigrants succeed in Ontario’s labor market, getting jobs in their first year of landing. 

There are two broad classifications of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP):

  • Base PNPs, like the Employer Job Offer Category, operate independently within the province. 
  • Enhanced PNPs, like the Ontario Express Entry Streams, invite candidates who have submitted profiles to the Express Entry system.

 A provincial nomination aids in obtaining permanent residency in quick time, however not to be treated as a guarantee of permanent residency. 

Canadian Immigration Under Ontario Provincial Programs 

For some Ontario PNPs, you can apply without ever having set foot in Canada such as the Human Capital Priorities Stream. Others require you to have a job offer or at least domestic education as in the case of the Master’s Graduate stream.

One another provincial category is Ontario Tech Draw which selects desirable candidates who are registered under the federal Express Entry pool for provincial nominations. 

Only the candidates qualifying for federal programs like the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) are recognized by Ontario’s Human Capital Priority stream for nominations. 

Interested candidates need not have a job offer while applying but must have work experience in one of the following Tech-based occupations: 

In-demand occupations – Ontario Tech Draws
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

With the launch of an Expression of Interest (EOI) system for programs under its Employer Job Offer Category, immigration candidates who do not qualify under the Express Entry system can improve their chances to receive a provincial nomination.

Applying For Canada PR Through Express Entry 

One can bypass the PNP streams and directly apply for Canada PR without the need for obtaining a provincial nomination first. 

For the same reason, Canada Express Entry has become the most popular and preferred pathway for permanent residency in Canada. It manages application for three federal economic-class immigration programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). 

Each profile that is registered in the Express Entry pool is assessed and ranked against each other according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). It is based on candidates’ age, work experience, educational qualifications, and proficiency in English or French. Additionally, the adaptability skills of a spouse or a job offer in Canada can fetch additional points. 

However, candidates without prior provincial nominations will not be eligible for additional 600 CRS points which could guarantee their ITA for Canada PR in upcoming Express Entry draws.

Weigh in your chances of being among the fortunate nominees from the applicants in the province’s Expression of Interest (EOI) pool. Further, Ontario’s Immigration Minister, Vic Fedeli, has lobbied the federal government to allocate nearly 13,300 nominations in 2022. This will only increase your prospects of obtaining permanent residency in Canada.

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility.


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