More than 50% of all principal applicants who got a provincial nomination from Ontario in 2019 were issued an invitation to apply (ITA) through one of the 3 Express-Entry linked streams.
Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream received most nominations out of all Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) streams last year. Almost 51% of the applicants which translates to 3,750, got nomination through Ontario’s enhanced streams that function in synchronization with the federal Express Entry system.
Express Entry invites and reviews applications for 3 economic immigration programs, which are:
Most of the Canadian provinces including Ontario have streams allowing them to nominate candidates with profiles in the Express Entry pool for Canada Permanent Resident (PR) Visa. Receiving a nomination from a province effectively guarantees an ITA to candidates for permanent residence to Canada.
About 33% of all OINP nominations in 2019 were issued to candidates who had work experience or a job offer in a tech occupation. This was the result of OINP Tech Draws, which comes under OINP’s Human Capital Priorities Stream. Tech workers were required to have either a job offer or work experience in an eligible tech occupation that included computer programmers, software engineers, and designers, IT systems analysts, interactive media developers and technology consultants.
Job offers aren’t actually a requirement for the enhanced streams of OINP, but a great percentage of OINP provincial nominations were issued to candidates who had job offers from Ontario employers. A large allocation went to international students.
Nominations were issued to candidates from nearly 1,900 Ontario employers across all the industries. Minimum 35% of nominees already had received a job offer from an Ontario employer prior to their nomination. Over 96% of candidates had a post-secondary degree and 53% of candidates had a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 or above in either English or French languages.
Notably, Ontario issued 6.10% of its nominations to high French proficiency candidates, which was above its 5% target. The majority of such applicants received nominations under the French-Speaking Human Capital Priority Stream and Skilled Worker Stream.
Initially, the Ontario province was allocated 6,650 provincial nominations last year, but it was increased after the province issued all the allocated nominations by November 2019. Ontario province was granted an additional 700 nominations by the federal government. They issued these nominations by the end of the year.
41 applicants were nominated by Ontario through the NOC C Pilot project, which is a federal-provincial partnership and has been established to create permanent residence (PR) pathways for lower-skilled in-demand workers with job offers. This took the total number of nominations under OINP in the year 2019 to 7,391 principal applicants, who were accompanied by 6,340 spouses and dependents. This translates into a total of 13,731 new immigrants to the Ontario province.
As per a statement from OINP, they don’t have provincial allocation numbers for 2020 yet.
With reference from www.cicnews.com