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 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:
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|
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:
Following are the list of targeted NOC code for technical occupation under tech draws:
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.
Candidates are required to scan and upload copies of the following mandatory documents with the application:
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.
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.
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|
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:
To have a successful OINP application, candidates have to make sure to pay attention to the following points:
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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