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Ontario Provincial Nominee Program Requirements 2021

Ontario PNP Program 2021

Overview of OINP Categories

Human Capital Category

Ontario’s Human Capital sub-category emphasizes the immigrant’s skills, experience, or ability to suggest that they can easily join the local labour market force.  It mainly consists of five streams that are divided into two categories:

Ontario Express Entry Stream

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s Express Entry stream is an “enhanced” stream that is in-line with the federal government’s Express entry program. For a candidate to be eligible to apply under this stream, they must have an active Express Entry profile. Three streams under OINP’s Express entry are as follows:

  • Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream: This stream allows the OINP to nominate express entry registered candidates to apply for provincial nomination. Express Entry candidates who have the required skilled work experience, education, and other major characteristics are invited to this stream. OINP’s newly launched Tech Draws are also held through OINP Human Capital Priorities Stream.
  • Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream: Through this stream, the province of Ontario can nominate/select skilled French-speaking express entry candidates with strong English language proficiency, work experience, and other major requirements.
  • Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades System: This stream allows the province to targets tradespersons with ongoing or recent work experience of working in the province.

What are the minimum requirements for OINP’s Express Entry Stream?

The following table will illustrate the basic criteria to be eligible under various categories under the Ontario PNP – Express Entry stream:

Category Minimum Requirement Job-offer required?
Human Capital Priorities Have a valid express entry profile and meet the minimum CRS score requirement that is determined by the director of OINP No
French-Speaking Skilled Worker Have valid express entry profile with CLB level 7 or better French proficiency and CLB level 6 or better English ability No
Skilled Trades Be in the express pool as a Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidate and must be currently residing in the province, with work experience in a listed skilled trade No

What is OINP Tech Draws?

Tech Draws are a new opportunity under OINP Human Capital Priorities Stream with the main purpose of identifying immigrants with technical skills in the federal government’s express pool. OINP searchers for the candidates who are:

  • Able to meet the minimum requirement of Human Capital Priorities Stream
  • Having work experience in of the targeted National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes

Following are the list of targeted NOC code for technical occupation under tech draws:

  • Software Engineers and designers (NOC Code 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC Code 2174)
  • Computer engineers (NOC Code 2147)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC Code 2175)
  • Database analytics and data administrators (NOC Code 2172)
  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC Code 0213)

These tech occupations are selected based to meet the needs of Ontario employers, by engaging with stakeholders across the province through a survey and face-to-face consultations.

What are the documents required to apply under OINP Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream 2021?

Candidates are required to scan and upload copies of the following mandatory documents with the application:

  • Notification of Interest (NOI) from Ontario
  • Identity documents
  • Status documents in Canada
  • Education documents
  • Language test results
  • Documents to support employment in the province (if applicable)
  • Proof of funds
  • Other optional documents (if applicable)

International Graduates Stream

International Graduate stream targets the recently graduated International Students who have recently obtained a master’s or doctoral degree from an eligible Ontario university.

  • Masters Graduate Stream: International students who have graduated with a master’s degree from an eligible educational institution of the province of Ontario are eligible to apply for provincial nomination under this stream. Having a job offer is not mandatory to apply under this stream.
  • D. Graduate Stream: International students who have graduated from a Ph.D. program from an eligible Ontario’s educational stream are eligible to apply under this stream.

Employer Job-Offer Category

Under this category, eligible employers of Ontario can nominate immigrants and/or international students that have a valid job offer in the province.

  • International Students Stream: International students with job-offer can apply for Ontario provincial nomination through this stream.
  • In-Demand Stream: Immigrants with work experience in in-demand occupations such as in agriculture or construction, or have a job-offer to settle and work in the province permanently.

What are the minimum requirements to be eligible under OINP’s Employer Job-offer Category?

Following table will illustrate the basic criteria to be eligible under various categories under Ontario PNP – Employer Job-offer category:

Stream/Category Minimum Requirements Job-offer required?
International Student Graduated from a degree program at Canadian education institution that is of minimum two years of duration, or a diploma, or university that is a minimum one-year post-graduate certificate program Yes
Foreign Worker Have a permanent job offer in a skilled occupation Yes
In-demand Skills Recently worked in the province in high demand occupation in agriculture or construction Yes

OINP Business Category – Entrepreneur Stream

International experienced business persons, who want to own and run their own business in the province of Ontario, can apply through this stream. Once the application of the candidate is successfully processed, they are issued a temporary work permit support letter – that is based on a performance agreement –to establish a business in the province. If the candidate can meet all the conditions of the signed performance agreement, then they are nominated for Canada permanent resident visa.

The minimum requirements to be eligible under the OINP’s Entrepreneur Stream are as follows:

  • Business owner/managerial work experience;
  • High Net Worth (minimum CAD $800,000);
  • Personal Investment funds (minimum CAD $500,000);
  • Create two or more jobs;

What are the steps to have a successful OINP application in 2021?

To have a successful OINP application, candidates have to make sure to pay attention to the following points:

  • Make sure that you are eligible: It is simply an obvious point; the candidate has to thoroughly check whether they can meet the minimum requirements of Ontario PNP before applying for the provincial nomination.
  • Apply to be nominated by the Ontario government: Once the candidate has selected under which OINP stream they want to register, they must apply online through the OINP e-Filing point. It takes around 2 to 3 hours to complete an online application.
  • Apply to the Canadian government for permanent residence: After a successful application assessment by the provincial government, the candidate is given a provincial nomination certificate. The next step is to apply for Canada PR Visa to the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

What is the OINP application processing time in 2021?

Ontario PNP application processing mainly depends on the stream candidate have submitted their application. Applications that require more information or clarification may require more processing time.

Following table illustrate application processing time under various OINP streams:

OINP Stream Estimated Processing Time
Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker 60-90 days
Express Entry Human Capital Priorities 60-90 days
Express Entry Skilled Trades 30-60 days
Masters Graduate 30-60 days
Ph.D. Graduate 30-60 days
Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker 60-90 days
Employer Job Offer: International Student 60-90 days
Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills 60-90 days
Entrepreneur Stream Depends on the complexity of the application


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